August has been the month with the largest number of European tourists in Costa Rica
Most of the travelers came from Spain, Germany and France
With a total of 21,969 tourists, August registered the highest number of incoming tourists from Europe by air so far in 2021.
This number represents almost 60% of the entry of European travelers registered during the same month of 2019, before the start of the pandemic.
According to data from the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners, analyzed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), of the total international arrivals during the eighth month of the year from the main European source markets for Costa Rica, 8,790 tourists came from Spain, 2,626 from Germany, 2601 from France, 1,115 from Switzerland, 711 from the United Kingdom and 660 from the Netherlands.
“Despite the travel restrictions established by the European Union for its citizens, these figures are encouraging for the gradual recovery of the Costa Rican tourism sector and generate positivism for the end of the year and the start of the high season. It also commits us to be vigilant in the application of sanitary protocols ”, said Gustavo J. Segura, Rector Minister of Tourism.
In August, the country registered a total entry by air of 114 227 people, 66% with respect to the same month of 2019. The Juan Santamaría International Airport entered the previous month 81 231 people, representing 60% of the same month of the 2019, while the Guanacaste Airport, Daniel Oduber Quirós, did 32 996, that is, 90% of the numbers of August 2019.
The United States is the outbound market for travelers to Costa Rica that leads the recovery with the arrival of 75,407 tourists during August 2021, almost 80% of the figure prior to the pandemic in that same month.
From January to August of this year, Costa Rica has received 793,391 tourists by all routes; of those, 758 591 have entered through international airports.