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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The end of 2013 and beginning of the new year will be very good for tourism businesses and according to the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR), eight out of ten rooms remain occupied during this season.  Tourism entrepreneurs should be excited for the next few weeks.

    This information comes from a survey which was conducted in 134 lodging establishments in the regions of Guanacaste, Puntarenas and the Gulf Islands, including Monteverde, Central Pacific, South Pacific, Caribbean, Northern Plains and the Central Valley.

    According to the results, the general expectation is 78% occupation, which CANATUR President, Elizabeth Vargas said is due to a combination of factors specific to the era.

    “With the start of the high season in our country, a greater demand for tourism services from foreigners entering Costa Rica is presented, however, it is also largely driven by the Costa Ricans because many have holidays from work and school breaks so there is a greater willingness to allocate resources for travel and recreation,” said Vargas.

    The Central Pacific, Puntarenas and the Gulf Islands (including Monteverde) were the regions with the highest projections: 87% and 83% respectively, while the Central Valley (72%) is showing less favorable results.

    Moreover, the beach lodging establishments are handling the highest expectancy rates, with 82% occupancy.

    Meanwhile, one star hotels (91%) and those between the range of 100 to 200 rooms (93%), are reporting the most optimistic projections, unlike the five-star (76%) and hotels with more 200 rooms (56%).

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose Costa Rica

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