The latest figures from the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) show that 78,562 visitors from the UK travelled to Costa Rica in 2019 – representing an increase of 5.7% on the previous year. The UK retains its position as Costa Rica’s second largest source market in Europe.
This steady growth is a reflection of the upward trend in UK visitors to Costa Rica that has been seen in the last few years, enhanced by the launch of the British Airways direct flights from London to San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, in April 2016. Other European countries that have seen an increase in visitors in 2019 are Germany (80,580; +8.1%), France (77,013; +4%), Spain (69,745; +1.6) and Italy (30,196; +3.5%).
Rob Wilson, UK representative of ICT said: “We are thrilled to see how UK travellers continue to choose Costa Rica as one of their preferred holiday destinations in Central America. The country’s dedication to sustainable tourism is also a key driver for today’s traveller.”
In total, the country welcomed 3,139,008 worldwide visitors in 2019, a 4.1% upsurge compared to 2018.