A growth of 6% in occupancy over 2010, Costa Rica hotels experienced a positive December 2011.
Costa Ricans regained some confidence in late 2011 and decided to holiday at the beaches and in the mountains around the country.
During the previous December, occupancy was 62% in hotels, which meant more than six points over two years ago.
The Central Pacific was the busiest, followed by Guanacaste and Puntarenas, according to a survey conducted by the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels from 82 of its members.
The beach resorts were the favorite destination for Costa Ricans, with an occupancy of 67%, followed by the rural hotels with 60% and 56% of hotels in the capital.
During the holidays there was an increase in the influx of domestic tourists, and also a 4% increase in income from foreign tourists, Ayub said Flora, executive director of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels.
“We believe the increased confidence Costa Ricans, and they decided to spend their vacation on the beach and the mountains, at the same time took advantage of promotional packages offered by some employers in the sector,” he said.
Meanwhile, the hotels located in the Central Valley were less busy in December.
These establishments are usually used mostly by executives or tourists, who stay only on the day of arrival and departure.
About 80% of Costa Rican hotels belonging to the sector of micro and small entrepreneurs, with installations ranging from one to 50 bedrooms, 15% is medium sector and 5% of the large sector. Most of the latter are properties of international chains.