Costa Rica received 1.2 million tourists in the first semester

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Costa Rica received 1.2 million tourists in the first semester
Source: ICT
July 13, 2022

With the entry of 1,223,764 tourists in the first six months of 2022, Costa Rica recovered 70.9% of the figures for the same period in 2019


During the first six months of 2022, the country registered the arrival of 1,223,764 tourists through all ports of entry; of these, 1,120,576 (91.6%) did so by air, according to data from the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration analyzed by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism. 

By air, the country received from January to June 70.9% of the visitors who arrived in the same pre-pandemic period, when 1,725,963 tourists visited us.

The United States remains the main issuing market with the arrival of 690,249 tourists in the first semester, reporting in June the arrival of 134,187 tourists by air, equivalent to a positive variation of 3.5% increase compared to the same period, prior to the start of the pandemic in 2019.

From Europe, the figures indicate that the United Kingdom, France and Germany became the largest emitters of tourists in the semester by air with 36,270, 35,366 and 32,894 tourists, respectively.

A total of 206,388 tourists have arrived from the Old Continent in the first six months of 2022.

“One of our work axes is based on reaching the levels of tourist visitation of the year 2019 by the end of the year 2023. According to the scenarios analyzed to date, at the end of this year the arrival of between 2.4 and 2, 5 million tourists, and commits us to continue working with strategic promotion actions to position the country in the minds of the best prospects”, said William Rodríguez, Minister of Tourism. 

Guanacaste in growth
For the third consecutive month, tourist arrivals at the Daniel Oduber Quirós airport in Guanacaste are higher than those of the same period in 2019.
In the first half of the year, the air terminal received 363,949 tourists, exceeding the figure for the same period pre-pandemic when 356,175 tourists arrived.
Both airports account for 1,120,576 tourist arrivals from January to June, which represents 83.8% with the equivalent period of 2019.

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