Costa Rica received 967,820 tourists by air in the first four months of 2023, a variation of -0.7% compared to the same period in 2019, when 974,718 tourists arrived.
Despite slight variations, these figures are positive and encouraging for the tourism sector, bolstered by the recovery in markets such as the United States, Canada and Europe, which have already surpassed 2019 figures.
“The first four months period has been excellent and the figures show it, we have done joint work with the private sector which is paying. We are practically on the number of tourists traveling by air than in 2019,” Tourism Minister William Rodriguez said.
“We have already recovered the markets of USA, Canada and Europe. This shows that we are headed in the right direction and that everything we do is in the pursuit of economic reactivation and job creation so that Costa Ricans can live better.
The United States is the main source market for tourists to Costa Rica, which recorded 536,056 tourist arrivals by air between January and April, up 5.4% from 508,454 in the first four months of 2019.
North America receives 4.2% more tourist arrivals, i.e. 691,272 people, while Canada also moves positively and adds 131,956 tourists in the quarter, 6% more than in 2019 when 124,437 tourists visited them.
Between January and April, 185,733 tourists arrived by air from Europe, which means a 5.5% increase in tourist arrivals compared to the first four months of 2019.
For its part, Mexico, one of the priority markets for the country, continues the reactivation process and reaches almost 77% of the figures for the first four months of 2019.
“These figures reveal that in the first four months of the year, all routes recorded more than one million tourist arrivals in the country, with March being the best month of the four-month period, with 293,555 tourist arrivals across all routes happened,” he added.