Costa Rican tourism authorities predict that 2015 will be a positive year for the leisure industry in the country, but they consider that they have a strong regional competition, mainly from Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia and Cuba, media reported in San Jose, the nation's capital city.
From January to September 2014, Costa Rica welcomed more than 2 millions 190 thousand tourists and estimates suggest that the annual total should exceed 2.4 millions who entered the country in 2013 and generated 2.427 million dollars.
We have to correct several problems, but the issue of energy cost is key and the government has not understood that the current rates hinder the price of hotel accommodation, said Gustavo Araya, Executive Director of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) to the digital newspaper crhoy.com.
Funding for tourism and hotel industry is another point to be reinforced in this 2015, because according to the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, only 3.5 percent of the credit portfolio of the country goes to that sector, he said.
Regarding the regional competition, Pablo Heriberto Abarca, Executive Director of the National Chamber of Tourism, said that the regional competition focuses on countries such as Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia and now Cuba, where an influx of US tourists -who are the largest source market to Costa Rica- is expected.
Costa Rica is a country with 4.7 million inhabitants, whose main attractions are the natural beauty, adventure destinations and extensive biodiversity totaling 4.5 percent of the world total.
Tourism in this Central American country directly employs over half a million people, and its revenues represent almost 10 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). / Source: PL.