Costa Rica Tourism Board Shows Rise Over Same Time Last Year

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ICT is the official Costa Rica Tourism Board and a week ago they released their findings for 2013 as compared to this same time last year.

A total of 1.32 million tourists arrived in Costa Rica during the first six months of 2013, according to data provided by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT).

This number represents an increase of 2.7% over the same period last year, according to officials of the ICT when questioned on the subject.

However given previous questions surrounding the validity of numbers released by the authority, can this be taken as verifiably valid? Costa Rica hotels around the country have a different opinion on the rise of 2.7% the agency is claiming. This doesn’t mean ICT is padding numbers as much as it could mean a simple variation in WHY those arrived here – whether tourism based or otherwise.

Either way – and as the Minister of Tourism, Allan Flores said – the most important aspects of the data is the fact that it appears that tourism in the country is rebounding and gaining interest from emerging markets like China, Brazil, Mexico and even the United Kingdom.

Furthermore, Flores noted that the growth for the second half of 2013 is expected to stay close to the World Tourism Organization estimates of between 3% and 4%.