The arrival of tourists to Costa Rica grew only by 1.3% in the first eight months of the year with respect to the same period in 2016, especially affected by an overall fall of 3.4% in the arrival of U.S. tourists.
Wildlife watching in Costa Rica. Photo from Lonely Planet
The deceleration has the private sector concerned, particularly because in the first eight months of 2016 there was an increase of 12.7% over the same period in 2015 and in particular an increase of 19% in the case of Americans.
The Minister of Tourism, Mauricio Ventura, however, says the problem is “short-term or a temporary” behavior of the U.S. market. See figures regarding tourism in the country compiled by the ICT.
Ventura pointed out a that traditionally there is