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Costa Rica records most successful year yet for tourism in 2015

Costa Rica celebrated a record year last year for inbound tourism, with a nine per cent increase in revenue generated from tourism. International visitor arrivals to the Latin American country also broke records with a total of 2,665,608 travellers in 2015, which was a 5.5 per cent increase compared to the year before.

Costa Rica records most successful year yet for tourism in 2015

Costa Rica’s tourism industry has recorded its most successful thriving year with visitor numbers for 2015 up by 5.5 per cent compared to 2014. Inbound tourism in Costa Rica increased by nine per cent and the number of international travellers reached 2,665,608 in 2015.

The number of UK travellers increased by a significant 20.1 per cent in 2015, totalling 49,499 and the highest rise of all European markets. Visitors arriving by air to the Latin American country increased by eight per cent with a total of 1,858,965 last year, and the Costa Rica Tourism Board expects numbers to increase even more in 2016 after the launch of new flights from British Airways launching in April.

The flights will run between London Gatwick Airport and San Jose International Airport in Costa Rica. Launching on 27th April, 2016, the new service will be operated on Boeing 777 aircraft, twice a week during summer months and three times a week in the winter.

“Last year represented an exceptional year for Costa Rica’s tourism industry with figures exceeding records from all previous years and we expect to see continued growth in 2016, particularly from the UK...The new direct flight from BA is a fantastic opportunity for Costa Rica and demonstrates the airline’s confidence in our country as an exciting, thriving tourist destination with much to offer the British tourist”, explained Mauricio Ventura, the Minister of Tourism for Costa Rica.

Costa Rica translates to “rich coast” and the country is home to some of the world's most breathtaking natural scenery made up of lush rainforests, volcanoes, majestic mountains, unspoilt beaches, and cascading waterfalls.

The nation in Latin America has gained a reputation as destination for green holidays and fun eco adventures, and tourists can enjoy an array of adrenalin-pumping activities such as adventurous activities such as trekking, surfing, scuba diving, climbing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and horse riding.

One of the most popular regions is Guanacaste which boasts an array of pristine white sand beaches and the thriving Rincon de la Vieja National Park which boasts beautiful cascading waterfalls and a variety of wildlife species such as monkeys, sloths, tapirs, wild cats and hundreds of colourful birds.

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