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Costa Rica registers a 7.8 increase in holiday makers

The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has unveiled that more than 685,000 tourists took Costa Rica holidays during the first quarter of 2011, with a 7.8 per cent increase in international visitors during the first three months compared to 2010.

Costa Rica registers a 7.8 increase in holiday makers

The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) recently announced that the number of travellers who took Costa Rica holidays during the first quarter of 2011 reached over 685,000.

The results announced by the Costa Rica Tourism Board were released by the Immigration Department of Costa Rica, showing that the first three months of 2011 saw a 7.8 per cent increase with 49,000 more international tourists taking holidays in Costa Rica than during the same period in 2010.

The Minister of Tourism, Allan Flores, said in a written statement: “This has been a great way to kick off the year. We surpassed the world average, which according to the World Tourism Organization, was five percent in the first few months of 2011.”

Thousands of travellers from all over the globe go on holidays to Costa Rica every year thanks to the country's famous reputation for eco holidays and fun adventures. The Latin American country boasts some of the world's most breathtaking natural scenery comprising lush rainforests volcanoes, mountains, pristine beaches and waterfalls.

While visiting Costa Rica, tourists can enjoy adventurous activities such as trekking, surfing, scuba diving, climbing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and horse riding. The beautiful country boasts hundreds of eco friendly Costa Rica hotels and resorts nestled within picturesque and natural surroundings.

One of Costa Rica's busiest airports, the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, recorded a 26.9 per cent increase in tourists arriving and departing to and from Costa Rica holidays within the first three months of this year.

According to data from the Directorate General of Immigration (DGME), there were 42 flights a week in Costa Rica in January 2011, 14 per cent more than the same month in 2010, and February saw a further increase of 25 per cent.

The majority of travellers taking holidays to Costa Rica originate from the United States with 54.2 per cent of tourists arriving by air and over 252,000 Americans visiting the country during the first quarter of 2011.

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