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Published on December 29th, 2015 | by admin

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Costa Rica attracts record number of US tourists in 2015

surfer boyFor the first time, Costa Rica recorded the entry of the one-millionth tourist in a single year from the United States in a new milestone. US tourists this year accounted for 40 percent of all tourist arrivals in the country, according to officials.

The milestone was celebrated at the Juan Santamaria airport on december, with the arrival of Joel and Kristine Kratochvil and their three daughters.  The trip was the Washington state family’s first visit to the country, tourism officials said.

“Recording a million tourists from our primary market is impressive and very positive for the private sector and the country in general. This figure reflects the competitiveness of our destination, the quality of the tourist product we offer and authentic experience that we provide to all those Americans who visit us and recommend us”, said Maurico Ventura, minister of Tourism.

According to the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) – tourism board, 95% of all Americans arriving in Costa Rica did so by air at the Juan Santamaría (San José) and Daniel Oduber (Liberia) airports, and on average staying 10.7 nights and spending US$1,251 dollars.

“Today we make history by receiving a million tourists from a market with a potential of about 50 million, so the work continues to ensure the sustained growth, with the goal of consolidating ourselves as a major destination preference for vacationing,” concluded Ventura.

Information from: Inside Costa Rica & Q Costa Rica News

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