Costa Rica Makes Top Ten for Trade and Tourism for Latin America and Caribbean

Costa Rica is in the top 10 Latin American and Caribbean countries for Tourism and Trade according to the Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking © 2012. (See all country rankings below)

(Editor’s Note: TCRN would like to extend a special thank you to Bloom Consulting for compiling this report exclusively for TCRN. Bloom Consulting specializes in Country Branding, working for both nations and cities around the world.)

Costa Rica is currently 72nd in Tourism, and 84th in Trade in the Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking © 2012, placing it among the top 10 Latin American and Caribbean country brands.

In Tourism, Mexico (16th), Argentina (40th) and Brazil (47th) lead the Latin American and Caribbean ranking. Costa Rica’s stable and respectable economic performance and its good “BB” CBS Rating © have enabled Costa Rica to achieve this position. However, in recent years, Costa Rica has experienced a slower growth rate compared to some of its’ regional competitors. Despite this, Costa Rica has been able to stay ahead of regional competitors such as Panama (74th), Cuba (82nd), Ecuador (83rd) as well as stay very close to powerful tourism brands such as Colombia (69th). Costa Rica could be able to improve its current tourism ranking by defining a strategy that optimizes its use of brand tags and its Online Search Demand. The Costa Rican brand strategy mostly focuses on the country’s natural features and coastal landscape. However it should also consider concentrating on other brand tags such as “Sea and beach activities” and “relax and wellbeing”, brand tags that have a very strong OSD.

In Trade, the leaders of the Latin American and Caribbean ranking are Brazil (11th), Mexico (25th), and Chile (33rd). Costa Rica has a pretty good economic performance, managing to stay competitive by the thinnest of margins with good levels of growth. However, the “CCC” CBS Rating © is undermining Costa Rica’s potential by having a negative effect on the ranking. Focusing efforts on other more valuable brand tags
involving “the hospitality industry” as well as “real state” would help to improve the CBS Rating © and therefore push Costa Rica further up in the ranking. Overall, Costa Rica isn’t that far away from its peers such as the Dominican Republic (71st) and Panama (65th). The future looks bright for Costa Rica, if it is able to maintain current levels of growth.

Furthermore, to advance in the rankings it needs to shift certain country brand strategy aspects related to increasing the number of valuable brand tags. These will definitely help Costa Rica to position itself worldwide as an attractive destination and with time and focus will enter top 5 in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking © 2012 for Latin America and the Caribbean

Tourism Trade

Pos

Country

Rank

Pos

Country

Rank

1

Mexico

16

1

Brazil

11

2

Argentina

40

2

Mexico

25

3

Brazil

47

3

Chile

33

4

Dominican Rep.

49

4

Colombia

35

5

Peru

52

5

Argentina

45

6

Chile

54

6

Peru

46

7

Guatemala

63

7

Uruguay

51

8

Uruguay

67

8

Panama

65

9

Colombia

69

9

Dominican Rep.

71

10

Costa Rica

72

10

Costa Rica

84

11

Panama

74

11

Trinidad and Tobago

86

12

Bahamas

79

12

Bahamas

89

13

Barbados

80

13

Guatemala

97

14

Cuba

82

14

Jamaica

99

15

Ecuador

83

15

Honduras

102

16

Jamaica

84

16

St. Vincent and Grenadines

111

17

Venezuela

90

17

Antigua and Barbuda

113

18

El Salvador

96

18

Nicaragua

115

19

Honduras

104

19

Paraguay

128

20

Trinidad and Tobago

105

20

St. Lucia

134

21

Saint Lucia

110

21

Barbados

136

22

Belize

114

22

Guyana

137

23

Antigua and Barbuda

119

23

Grenada

143

24

Saint Kitts and Nevis

125

24

Belize

148

25

Bolivia

128

25

Haiti

149

26

Nicaragua

129

26

El Salvador

150

27

Grenada

130

27

Dominica

153

28

Guyana

134

29

Paraguay

136

30

Dominica

138

31

Suriname

141

32

St.Vincent and Grenadines

147

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