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Published on Thursday, February 29, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


As of January, more than 270,000 tourists are visiting the country by air, announced the Tourism Institute.

The United States continues to be the leading nationality visiting Costa Rica. Authorities documented about 150,000 tourists from the U.S., which is equivalent to 55% of the total number of visitors.

More than 43,000 Canadians plus 5,000 Mexican tourists visited the country during the first month of this year.

Additionally, authorities registered more than 50,000 European tourists. Of these, the majority came from France (12%), Germany (9%) and the UK (6%).

The Juan Santamarķa International Airport in Alajuela Province recorded over 168,000 tourists entering the country by air. While at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Guanacaste Province, authorities documented the arrival of more than 101,500 tourists.

Recently, the Tourism authorities announced the arrival of more than 300 cruise ships and 270,000 tourists during this year's cruise season.

The institute has launched many international advertising campaigns encouraging visitors to Costa Rica.  Recently, the country was promoted as a tourist destination at the Fitur International Tourism Fair, held in Spain.

Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in Costa Rica.  
The country reported a new tourism record reached in 2023, with more than 2,4 million travelers visiting the country.

In 2022, about 2.3 million tourists visited Costa Rica, representing one million more visitors than in 2021.


How else should Costa Rica boost tourism?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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