As a world leader in the Sustainable Tourism sector and with over 60 years of commitment to preserving the environment, Costa Rica has become a top destination for global travelers seeking wellness, health, relaxation, balance, connection, adventure, or business. At the heart of the Americas, flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, lies an incredible area of rainforests, beaches, and wildlife. Welcome to Costa Rica: home to over 6% of the planet’s biodiversity.
We have succeeded in creating a world-class international brand in tourism, thanks to the country’s natural environment, quality of life, highly talented people, and sustainable development. Brands catering to diverse audiences have established successful operations in the country such as Four Seasons, Autograph, JW Marriott, Auberge Hotels, Andaz, IHG, Hilton, Sheraton, Barcelo, Dreams, Selina Occidental, Hampton, Wyndham, and several other leading hospitality brands.
Costa Rica offers sun, beach, jungle, mountain, adventure, ecotourism, rural tourism, business, and wellness. It provides a growing opportunity to establish your travel and tourism project to take part in one of the country's biggest economic drivers.
$3.99 billion Costa Rica tourism industry exports (prior to COVID-19). Tourism exports have been growing at an average of 6% annually for the past 20 years
Visitors staying the longest: 12.9 nights per stay and $1,592 spending per person on average
+3 million international arrivals in 2019, growing around 2.8x in the last 20 years.
Average spending per person has grown +7% since 2009
Costa Rica Ranks Top 2 on FDI Strategy for Tourism Locations of the Future 2019/2020 (FDI Intelligence, 2019)
Over 59% of territory covered in forests and 26% of the territory is protected. Costa Rica is the only nation globally to revert deforestation
Highest performance in TOEIC & TOEFL in LATAM (ETS, 2020)
Most Desirable Country to Travel (Long Haul) for 2021
6.5% of the world’s biodiversity, in just 0.03% of the Earth's surface
#1 in the world attractiveness of natural assets (WEF, 2019)
Costa Rica is #2 in Latin America and 14th in the world, in the Global Green Economy Index (Dual Citizen, 2018)
4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the world's Top 20, ranking above places like Iceland, Colombia and Greece
Costa Rica has one of five only “Blue Zones” in the globe
45 international environmental treaties (Ministry of Foreign Trade, 2018)
A 5-star hotel, 6 four-star and 2 highlighted hotels, stand out in the list of the most luxurious of the Forbes Travel Guide 2021.
Preferred vacation spot for North American travelers: 67% of visitors by air came from the U.S. and Canada (ICT, 2020)
Around 500 diplomas granted annually in Tourism on average in the last 5 years
The land of 'pura vida' is where the playful spirit of the W brand was born to run free. The people, the culture and the beauty of this country all meet to create a paradise unlike any other, and W Costa Rica will celebrate it all.
Peninsula Papagayo is an extraordinary destination where rich biodiversity and vivid landscapes meet the highest levels of geo-luxury across Latin America. With our new line-up of amenities and experiences for everyone on Peninsula Papagayo to enjoy, we are nurturing a strong and cohesive community across the 1,400 acres of this private peninsula.
As a stunning hideaway that celebrates Costa Rica's natural beauty, the purchase of Hacienda AltaGracia under Auberge Resorts brand aligns with our team's focus on acquiring exceptional hospitality assets in compelling locations across the globe. We are thrilled to purchase Hacienda Altagracia, a beloved Costa Rican property with an unparalleled setting and unique identity.
We are very excited about our first project in Central America. Our own values embody Costa Rica's commitment to sustainability and the essence of the Pura Vida culture.
As Grupo Heroica, administrator of the venue, we have put our global vision of the business at the disposal of the country, sharing good practices with colleagues from all over the world and we have adapted them so that the Costa Rica Convention Center continues to compete globally as far as now. Before this recession, in two years we had held more than 350 events with 290,000 attendees and this adjustment was necessary to continue on this path.
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Integrating top-notch technologies for architecture design has been a key element for Gensler Costa Rica. With programs such a BIM, the firm designs 3D models to bring projects to life.
Enhancing digital experience and interaction in the physical world
Johnson Controls Costa Rica houses a Center of Excellence for Johnson Controls' Open Blue platform making it a key partner for state-of-the-art engineering design on any infrastructure project. OpenBlue includes tailored, AI-infused service solutions such as remote diagnostics, predictive maintenance, compliance monitoring, advanced risk assessments and more. OpenBlue was designed with agility, flexibility and scalability in mind, to enable buildings to become dynamic spaces.
Highly educated and talented, our people's shared love for the natural environment means that development and sustainability go hand in hand.EXPLORE MORE CAPABILITIES
Since its creation as a 5-star hotel, Punta Islita in Guanacaste, has launched a series of sustainable tourism practices such as supporting the Camaronal Wildlife Refuge Program to protect sea turtle eggs and encourage their return. In addition, they have financed The Art Project, which is a shelter for the reproduction and protection of scarlet macaws.
Attracting digital nomads, executives, retirees and people willing to work remotely from Costa Rica who want to stay in the country for long periods, are some of the business opportunities Costa Rica is outlining to face the new commercial reality since the Covid-19 outbreak arose propulsing an abrupt change in the way people relate to each other on a global level. Currently Costa Rica is already mapped at Nomad List with 5 locations for digital nomads including San Jose, Santa Teresa, Tamarindo and Liberia in the Pacific and Puerto Viejo in the Caribbean with the best score in Central America.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) operation in Costa Rica has over 400 employees dedicated to providing travel council for corporate clients in North America. They assist with travel arrangements as well as event coordination for multinational companies. Carlson Wagonlit leverages Costa Rica’s strong proficiency in English language to guarantee the premium support their clients require for all their travel needs.
The promotion of sustainability in the design of the built environment is a key-factor for addressing the environmental challenges that we face. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifies that the design, construction, operations and maintenance buildings are resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings. Costa Rica currently stands out in the region with over 100 certified projects.
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo will be the first property globally in the brand’s portfolio to implement this fully inclusive private estate home program, allowing discerning guests, families and large groups convenient access to world-class amenities, curated services and extravagant activities to discover the vibrant and lush peninsula.