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Tourist spending increases in Costa Rica

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Published on Wednesday, March 13, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Tourism Institute revealed that the average spending of tourists who visited Costa Rica in 2023 increased by $300 from 2022.

Last year, travelers paid an average of $1,900 on a 13-night and 15-day vacation trip. That figure shows $300 more than $1,600 in 2022.

Furthermore, the number of airline seats scheduled for trips to Costa Rica climbed by almost 737,900 seats. This statistic shows an increase of 4,531,380 tickets reserved in 2023 from 3,793,480 seats reserved in 2022.

In 2023, a new record of 80,566 reserved tickets was reached, surpassing the previous mark set in 2019, the year before the covid-19 pandemic.

Additionally, the tourist satisfaction index was 86.7, indicating a high rank of qualification provided by travelers. The authorities also noted that, in addition to outdoor activities, holidaymakers preferred shopping and food.

The report includes that Costa Ricans who go overseas are likewise experiencing an upsurge in travel. According to statistics, roughly 1.2 million Costa Ricans took vacation trips to countries such as the United States and Panama in 2023. This statistic represents a 34% increase in travel compared to 2022.

The institute has launched many international advertising campaigns encouraging visitors to Costa Rica.  This week, authorities were promoting Costa Rica as a tourist destination at the South by Southwest Fest SXSW 2024, held in Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in Costa Rica. As of January, more than 270,000 tourists arrived in the country by air, authorities stated.

In 2023, the country reached a new tourism record with more than 2,4 million travelers visiting the country by air.

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