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Hate speech tarnishes Costa Rica’s tourism sector

With the May 26 decision to legalize same-sex marriages, some tourism industry professionals and news outlets took it upon themselves to share homophobic sentiments publicly and on local social media platforms.

November Stats: Adapt to the Changing Marketplace

ICT's November tourism statistics are out. Our conclusion? Growth is still positive overall, but not for everyone.

October Stats: Will the year end on a high note?

After lacklustre growth in tourist arrivals over the spring and summer, October's numbers are giving Costa Rica's tourism professionals something to feel more optimistic about as we move into high season.

August Stats: The Good and the Bad

In our last analysis, it looked like a slight rebound might be under way, following an apparent slowing of growth in international tourists. Two months on, how's it look? Here's the good and the bad.

ICT’s “Essential Costa Rica” Campaign hits major U.S. and Canadian Cities

Through a virtual full-sensory immersion, ICT recreated the essence of a Costa Rican rainforest inside the container-sized Essential Costa Rica bus. The experience was delivered through 360˚ image transmissions depicting the country’s natural treasures, including lush flora, wind and atmospheric effects, and clever lighting.

Costa Rica Prepares for the 2019-2020 Peak Tourist Season

Costa Rica’s expecting record visitors this peak tourist season. Will the country—its infrastructure, transportation, and security sectors—be ready if the number of international arrivals reaches the high levels hinted at?

Is Costa Rica Ready for the Micro-cation?

There’s a rising trend in micro-cations sweeping the United States’ vacation industry. What is it, and will Costa Rica fall prey to a disinterested international market if we don’t catch up on what’s vogue?

June Stats: Is a Rebound Underway?

The June stats from ICT were released this week, and things are looking a bit better than they did last month. Is a rebound...

Is Airbnb Killing Small Hotels in Costa Rica?

Is Airbnb Killing Small Hotels in Costa Rica? Are fewer tourists coming? Is the VAT a game-changer? We dig into last month's stats from ICT.

Costa Rica Tourism up 6.9% in Q1 of 2019

The Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT) has released the monthly report of international arrivals covering March, 2019. Among other stats, it shows Costa...