Costa rica opens the congress tourism
The 2.19 million tourists received in the past year in a country of 4.3 million people, account for the largest number in its history, surpassing the 2.1 million in 2010 and the 2.09 million in 2008, as reported by the Costa Rican Institute of tourism (ICT).
In this sense the Costa Rican Tourism, Allan Flores, Minister has been satisfied with the performance of the sector, but said that it is necessary to continue to innovate in the tourism infrastructure in the country and boost the development of new market niches such as rural tourism, medical and cultural community and conventions.
Indeed, one of the objectives of the ICT for this year is to begin to build the National Convention Center, which the country aims to position itself in the segment of tourism congresses.
Also flowers has shown its commitment to “attraction of airlines to our country, the positioning of the destination at the international fairs and in the promotion of attraction in our main markets”.
Not in vain Costa Rica, together with Panama, are the destinations most sought by European airlines in its commitment to Central America, according to published news HOSTELTUR tourism.
In 2011 opened new operations to the country airlines as Airberlin, with a direct bi-weekly flight from Berlin to the city of Liberia (Pacific), and JetBlue, with four weekly flights between New York and Liberia.
Weight of tourism in its economy
Tourism is one of the main engines of the country’s economy, since annually generates currency close to the 2.1 billion dollars (1,582 million euros), which is approximately equivalent to 5% of GDP. In addition to employ directly some 150,000 people and indirectly to other 400,000.