Vacation Rentals Over Hotels Preferred by Many Visitors To Costa Rica New figures released show that more tourists are opting for Costa Rica vacations and there is a growing preference for beach vacation rentals. On May 19th, the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) announced a rise in Costa Rica tourism arrival figures of 7% for the first three months of 2011. ...
Furthermore, regional experts state that the emerging niche market of villa rentals has been a key factor in the recovery of the country’s tourism industry. The Costa Rican Tourism Institute has welcomed the increase, stating that this is a clear indication that the country’s travel industry has recovered from the worldwide economic crisis. Showing an increase of 7.8% in international arrivals, Costa Rica registered above the 5% world average set by the UN World Tourism Organization.
More vacationers are showing a preference for property rentals over hotel accommodation and industry insiders suggest this has a lot to do with personalized customer service and the availability of a wide range of vacation homes. Figures composed by the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) – Costa Rica’s immigration service were analyzed by the ICT.
Of the 685,959 international tourists that arriving in Costa Rica in the first three months of the year (January, March and February), 54.2% were from the United States. Juan Santamaria International Airport recorded a total of 363,898 arrivals and Liberia International Airport a total of 100,864 arrivals.
With a total of 4.5 million inhabitants, Costa Rica receives more than half its total population in tourists every year, and it continues to rise. 2.1 million tourists enjoyed Costa Rica vacations in 2010, 9.2% more than in 2009.
Statistics demonstrate that Costa Rica is amongst the best performers when it comes to the worldwide recovery of the tourism industry. Information released by UN World Tourism Organization reveal that International tourism continues to recover from the global financial crisis and downturn of 2008-2009 rising in every region of the world. International tourist arrivals grew on average by almost 5 per cent to more than 124 million in January and February this year compared to the same period in 2010.
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