Hotels with certifications of four or five stars, have occupations almost full for Christmas and New Year, but handled the situation with some caution since January.
A telephone survey, conducted in hotels, randomly selected by geographical area, revealed that occupation for the last two weeks of December is over 80% and with strong prospects to fill the hotels.
Most all of the guests of these hotels are foreign to that time, with broad participation of Americans and Canadians, according to the survey.
The hotels that were selected are: Guanacaste, the northern zone, the central Pacific, the South Pacific and Turrialba. Two of San Jose did not respond: Sales staff and Marriott Reservations said the information is confidential, and the Radisson did not answer an email.
In Tamarindo, Manuel Antonio, Dominicalito, La Fortuna, Orosi, Turrialba, Monteverde and Upala up the situation is good, at least for this segment.
In general, they believe that the occupation will be good, but they say that after the crisis of 2008 and 2009 tourists are expected at the last minute to make reservations. But this is a customer strategy to seek promotions.
Sofía Elizondo, Executive Director of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), said that members show much hope about a good season. The union says that this period starts from mid-December and covers the summer, at least until Easter.
The south of the country, specifically the hotel zone near the coastal road and in the canton of Osa, is one that has better prospects for 2013.
Luis Centeno, president of the Chamber of Tourism Osa, emphasized the high demand for reservations.
“We are very happy, we received a lot of reservations, express tourism leader.
He recalled that the South has a remarkable influx of domestic tourists, who take advantage of the novelty of the region and facilities for the new road.
Mesén Cornelius, director of the Tourism Committee of the Chamber of Industry and Tourism of Aguirre said that hotels in Quepos and Manuel Antonio recorded a slight rise in occupancy compared to last year.
According to this official, the overall average occupancy (includes all hotels) in the region is by 78% this month, while last year was 77%. “We talk about a recovery of one or two percentage points,” he said.
Canatur announced that in the coming weeks will start a program where the House of tourism will help its members to disclose a series of promotions and facilities.