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Costa Rica is the most recommended holiday destination

According to BDRC Continental's Global Tourism Monitor Survey, Costa Rica is the most recommended holiday destination among travellers. Costa Rica has the distinction of being the only Latin American destination to make the list, which was dominated mostly by European destinations. Surprisingly the Caribbean was among the least recommended regions.

Costa Rica is the most recommended holiday destination

BDRC Continental, one of the UK's largest independent market research consultancies, has released the results of their Global Tourism Monitor Survey. Costa Rica topped the list of the 65 most recommended holiday destinations from around the world.

The survey covered 23,000 holidaymakers across 26 countries, Jon Young an associate director at BDRC Continental stated:

"This study is one of the most broadly-based global assessments of recent tourism experiences and future intentions. It looks at destination appeal and the likelihood to recommend a country, based solely on personal experience in the last 12 months".

Notably, Costa Rica topped the list despite Europe being the most top of mind destination for the holidaymakers surveyed with 43 per cent of the respondents saying that they were seriously considering a European holiday destination. Asia Pacific was the second most popular region for holidaymakers at 27 per cent while only 6 per cent said they were considering Latin America/Caribbean. Africa/Middle East was the least recalled region with just 4 per cent.

According to the survey, key factors that influenced holidaymakers decision on what holiday to book included travel agents, advertising, airlines and hotel groups respectively.

The survey results would have no doubt lifted the spirits of Costa Rica's tourism officials who recently expressed some dissatisfaction with the number of travellers who visited Costa Rica last year especially given the fact that Costa Rica has one of the best eco tourism products on offer in Central America. Isabel Vargas, Camara Nacional de Turismo (CANATUR) President, stated:

"We always consider any increase in the number of visitors as positive, but we can't say we're satisfied – it's not enough. Costa Rica has the natural conditions and a tourist product to attract more travelers than those who are coming now".

Costa Rica recorded a 3.6 increase in the number of arrivals year-on- year in 2013 with 2.4 million visitors. Over the last four years, the industry has grown by 15.6 per cent with the majority of visitors coming from the US.

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