Demand for flights to Costa Rica exceeds expectation of European airlines
The airlines that connect the old continent with the Central American country told ICT their total satisfaction with the results they have obtained in recent months as a result of their operations
The airlines that connect Europe with Costa Rica - seven of them directly - told the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) their total satisfaction with the results they have obtained in recent months as a result of their operations to our country; They also noted that they were surprised by the reception that fate has had in the markets they serve.
This was expressed in meetings held with representatives of the Institution in the 53rd edition of the largest tourist fair in the world, ITB Berlin, which took place in the German capital from Wednesday, March 6 and until this Sunday, March 10 .
"In 2006 Costa Rica had only an indirect flight to Europe; At present, there are eight airlines offering flights between the old continent and Costa Rica, seven of them directly and one with a scale, which is evidence of the great leap that has taken our country as a result of its strategy of attracting airlines ", Said the Minister of Tourism, María Amalia Revelo.
The hierarchy reiterated the commitment of the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, and of the ICT with the support to all those companies that bet on the sustainable tourism development for which Costa Rica is globally recognized and admired the international tourist sector.
Revelo, who personally attended representatives of Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Edelweiss and Condor, confirmed that since Costa Rica is one of the destinations that generates the best results for these companies in the region, they intend to continue growing in the near future.
The increase and success of the new routes from Europe to Costa Rica was clearly reflected in the number of negotiations held by national private entrepreneurs with wholesalers from around the world at ITB Berlin at the stand of our country at the fair.
"Undoubtedly the existence of direct flights Europe-Costa Rica encourages domestic companies to seek more opportunities to attract tourists to the country; this work, following the presidential mandate and the Minister, we will strengthen it hand in hand with our airports and the private sector, "said the head of Investment Attraction ICT, Hermes Navarro.
The Minister confirmed that the 2018 visitation figures were very positive for the European market and that the 2019 start figures corroborate that the high season has been as robust as predicted.
By air in 2018 there were 414,722 arrivals of Europeans to Costa Rica, the majority coming from Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Spain. This figure is 7.6% higher than in 2017, when 383,066 Europeans arrived in the same way.
In January 2019 there were 248,754 international arrivals of tourists by air, an increase of 9.2 percent in relation to the same month of 2018. Of that total, 45,643 arrivals correspond to Europeans, 4.2% more than in January of 2018.
"These figures commit us both to the public sector and the private sector to continue working hand in hand for the sustainability and quality of the tourism product we offer for the benefit and progress of the communities that live in this industry," the Minister of Tourism said.
Costa Rica protagónica
The Costa Rican tourism model, based on small and medium-sized businesses with 94% of the accommodations with less than 40 rooms, was an example of sustainable development at the ITB Berlin fair.
Minister Revelo was the special guest to the panel "The international trips of the Germans have an impact. What responsibilities correspond to the German Government? ", In which he discussed on Thursday March 7 with three German ministers: Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Minister of Environment, Nature, Conservation and Nuclear Safety; Sabine Hepperle, Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy; Norbert Barthle, Minister of Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The leader invited the Germans to support tourist models such as Costa Rica and to pay compensation for greenhouse gas emissions from their long distance trips to our country. As an example, he cited the "clean flight" product of the National Fund for Forest Financing (FONAFIFO).
She also revealed that she was the main speaker in a forum dedicated to tourism for sustainable development on Friday, March 8.
"Sustainable and responsible tourism seeks a balance between the economy, the social and the environment," explained Revelo.