Tourism Minister, Allan Flores, welcomed the results and said in a press conference that the tourist activity brought in $2.427 billion in 2013, while in 2012 the number was $2.343 billion.
“Sustained growth in the last four years is a reflection of an aggressive strategy to attract new airlines, new destinations and more seats,” said Flores.
According to visitor data, arising from the records of the Directorate of Immigration (DGME), in 2013 over 1.6 million tourists came to Costa Rica by air, and 800,000 by land or water.
The National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) has stated that for 2014, government action is needed to reduce the cost of energy and fuel, provide greater legal security, create flexible procedures and improve infrastructure.
Tourism in Costa Rica directly employs about 150,000 people and another 400,000 indirectly.
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