The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The Costa Rican government has announced the elimination of visa requirements for Russians in order to increase tourism from that market, one of the most dynamic worldwide.

“The Russian market is a business opportunity which all countries who receive tourists want to join. With the easing of the visa requirements we expect to see a significant increase not only in visitations, but a positive impact in the economy,” said the Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, Allan Flores.

According to the Costa Rican Tourism Board, this decision is part of a strategy to attract tourists from emerging markets and allow Russians to enter Costa Rica without processing a visa, allowing them to stay in the country for 30 days, extendable to 90 days.

To travel to Costa Rica in the past, Russians had to apply for a visa in person at the Costa Rican consulate in Moscow, which for many meant a long distance trip to some other city before their vacation.

According to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), in recent years Russia has had  growth in terms of its international spending and also ranks as the fifth largest source for tourism, with a growth of 26% in September of 2013, said the ICT in a statement.

“A high percentage of them are in the 25 to 35 year old range, and despite being young, are experienced travelers, with a high level of education,” they added.

In 2013, Costa Rica received 4,146 Russian tourists, who recorded an average stay between 9 and 11 nights, especially in areas of beach and adventure activities, with an expenditure of between $2,500 and $5,000 per person.

Tourism is one of the main engines of the Costa Rican economy, generating revenues of about $2.3 billion dollars a year with the visit of over 2 million tourists. (ACAN-EFE)

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San Jose, Costa Rica