San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Recession? What Recession? Tourism Growth Up Again

Tourism was up during the first quarter of 2008, according to preliminary numbers released by the country’s two major international airports.

A release from the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) cites 436,719 passengers arriving at the country’s two main international airports from January to March, a 13.8% rise over the same period last year.

The release also points to strong performance of the industry during Easter week, with a survey of 50 hotels finding 70% occupancy, up from 67% during last year’s Easter vacation.


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