Costa Rica Sees a Substantial Increase in Tourists This Year

The Costa Rica Tourism Board has announced that Costa Rica received more than 685 thousand international tourists in the first quarter of 2011. The data released by the Immigration Department of Costa Rica and analyzed by the ICT reports an increase of more than 49 thousand foreign visitors in the first three months of 2011, which represents a 7.8 percent increase over the same period in 2010. 
“This has been a great way to kick off the year,” said Minister of Tourism Allan Flores. “We surpassed the world average, which according to the World Tourism Organization was 5 percent in the first few months of 2011.”  
The Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, the regional hub of the Costa Rican northwest, registered a record 26.9 percent increase in visitor arrivals within the first three months of 2011.