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Tourism Sector executives:

  • Lisette Acosta
    Lisette Acosta
    Sector lead
  • Andrea Ulloa
    Andrea Ulloa
    Sector Specialist
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year-round destination. Be our guest and business partner.

As a world leader in Sustainable Tourism and 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 country’s natural environment, quality of life, highly-talented people and sustainable living. Brands catering towards 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 tourism project and take part of one of the country's biggest economic drivers.

$3.83B
tourism exports

$3.83 billion tourism exports in 2018. Tourism exports have been growing at average 7.3% annually for the past 20 years

11.7
nights per stay

One of the longest stays in the world: 11.7 nights per stay and $1,335 spending per person on average

+3M
international arrivals

3,139,008 international arrivals in 2019, growing around 2.8x in the last 20 years.

+7%
Spending growth

Average spending per person has grown +7% since 2009

Top 2
on FDI Strategy

Costa Rica Ranks Top 2 on FDI Strategy for Tourism Locations of the Future 2019/2020 (FDI Intelligence, 2019)

+50%
covered in forest

Over 50% of territory covered in forests and 26% of the territory is protected. Costa Rica is the only nation globally to revert deforestation

1st
in English proficiency

Talented labor pool: 1st in LATAM in English Language proficiency (TOEIC and TOEFL tests).

#3
most-searched online

#3 most-searched online destination worldwide for travelers seeking natural tourism

6.5%
of world's biodiversity

6.5% of the world’s biodiversity, in just 0.03% of the world’s territory

1st
in the world

#1 in the world attractiveness of natural assets (WEF, 2019)

#1
in LATAM

Costa Rica is #1 in Latin America and 12th in the world, in the Global Green Economy Index (Dual Citizen, 2016)

4
UNESCO sites

4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the worlds top 20, ranking above places like Iceland, Colombia and Greece

1
of 5 Blue Zones

Costa Rica has one of five only “Blue Zones” in the globe

45
environmental treaties

45 international environmental treaties (Ministry of Foreign Trade, 2018)

5 star
hotel

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 2020 .

62%
of visitors from USA or Canada

Preferred vacation spot for North American travelers: 62% of visitors by air came from the U.S. and Canada

+15%
growth

Tourism graduates growing +15% in the past two years (2020)

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Tourism executive:
Lisette Acosta

Lisette Acosta

Sector lead
Andrea Ulloa

Andrea Ulloa

Sector Specialist
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