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Costa Rica Tourism Industry

Tourism industry is the best in Costa Rica. Just check the economic indicators of the whole country, the more developed in tourism of Central America. Even during 2005 and 2006 it was higher demand of hosting than the country can offer ( around a 25% ). Costa Rica is well knew in Europa and USA because of its ecological diversity and amazing tourism attractions.

Costa Rica tourism incentives

Costa Rica has a national law since 1985 ( 6990 law ) that declares Tourism Industry of "public utility" and with this law the I.C.T. ( Instituto Costarricense de Turismo , Costa Rica tourism institute ) gives many incentives to the tourism business, for example :

- Tax exoneration for buying supplies for the tourism business
- Tax exoneration for building tourism infrastructure
- Tax exoneration for buying motorboats, cars, etc... that will be used for tourism acivities
- Faster depreciation for tourism actives

Source: "Ley de incentivos para el desarrollo turístico , 6990".


Costa Rica tourism economic indicators

We are showing only some economic indicators in order to figure out the importance of tourism industry in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Tourism comparing with other Costa Rica economic activities

Data is in US million dolars
Year Tourism Coffee Banana
1999 1,036 288 623
2000 1,229 272 546
2001 1,095 161 516
2002 1,078 165 478
2003 1,199 195 554
2004 1,357 193 553

Costa Rica Tourist arrivals from 2001 to 2004

Amount of tourist arrivals is increasing year by year
Year Arrivals
2001 1,131,046
2002 1,113,359
2003 1,238,692
2004 1,452,926

Costa Rica Running hotels and related enterprises by province ( 2004 )

Distribution on hosting enterprises around the country
Province Quantity
Puntarenas 904
Limón 359
Guanacaste 347
San José 310
Alajuela 261
Heredia 97
Cartago 47

Tourism compared to GIP (Gross Internal Product ) and exportations

The tourism activity is very important compared with total Costa Rica GIP and exportations
Year Relation to GIP (%) Relation to Exportations
2001 6.7 % 21.8 %
2002 6.4 % 20.5 %
2003 6.9 % 19.7 %
2004 7.4 % 21.5 %

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