Travel and Tourism in Costa Rica to 2018

Travel and Tourism in Costa Rica to 2018

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The Costa Rican travel and tourism sector was adversely affected by the global recession in 2009 and 2010. The sector experienced slow recovery in 2011, and started to gain momentum in 2012. The Costa Rican tourism board's (ICT) initiatives to promote domestic and international tourism and government developments of new tourism infrastructure and improvements in existing infrastructure are supporting the sector's development.

Report Highlights

The first National Tourism Fair of Costa Rica, aimed at encouraging domestic tourism, was held in San Jose in November 2013. Around 45 domestic companies participated in the event, including tour operators, theme park agents, car rental companies, hosting companies, and rural tourism operators. Domestic tourism packages and destinations were promoted, increasing the competitiveness and quality of services offered.

The government is also expanding Juan Santamaria International Airport at a cost of US$18 million by building two additional boarding gates to help accommodate an additional 260,000 passengers annually. The airport will also be remodeled with the construction of a hangar and other auxiliary facilities at a cost of US$34 million. These activities began in November 2013. The hangar will be located 150m from the runway and will have the capacity to house six Boeing 757-300 planes.

Investment in Costa Rica's hospitality industry is increasing at a healthy pace. For example, Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of its Sheraton San Jose hotel with 172 rooms in July 2013, and Hyatt Hotels opened a five-star property, the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, in Guanacaste with 127 rooms in December 2013.

UK-based car rental company Green Motion announced the sale of its franchise in Costa Rica in August 2013. The franchise will be run by Toyota Rent a Car. Green Motion Costa Rica will offer vehicle rentals from eight locations, including Alajuela International Airport and Liberia International Airport.

According to the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness 2013 report, the country's lack of cultural sites weakens its competitiveness in terms of attracting international tourists. However, tour operators have started to create cultural tour packages based on modern Tico culture. Tour operators are also focusing on chocolate and coffee tours, and cookery classes.

Report Scope

This report provides an extensive analysis related to the tourism demands and flows in Costa Rica:
  • It details historical values for the Costa Rican tourism sector for 2009-2013, along with forecast figures for 2014-2018
  • It provides comprehensive analysis of travel and tourism demand factors, with values for both the 2009-2013 review period and the 2014-2018 forecast period
  • The report provides a detailed analysis and forecast of domestic, inbound and outbound tourist flows in Costa Rica.
  • It provides comprehensive analysis of the trends in the airline, hotel, car rental and travel intermediaries industries, with values for both the 2009-2013 review period and the 2014-2018 forecast period
Reasons to Get this Report
  • Take strategic business decisions using historic and forecast market data related to the Costa Rican travel and tourism sector.
  • Understand the demand-side dynamics within the Costa Rican travel and tourism sector, along with key market trends and growth opportunities.


Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary
1.1.1 Emphasis on MICE tourism
1.1.2 Focus on Sustainable Tourism Program
2 Travel and Tourism Sector In Context
3 Country Fact Sheet
4 Tourism Flows
4.1.1 Domestic tourism
4.1.2 Inbound tourism
4.1.3 Outbound tourism
4.2.1 Domestic and regional tourism fairs
4.2.2 Development of existing tourism infrastructure
4.2.3 New immigration law
4.3.1 Domestic tourism
4.3.2 Inbound tourism
4.3.3 Outbound tourism
5 Airlines
5.2.1 Plans for a new international airport
5.2.2 New airline routes
5.2.3 Open skies agreements with China and Qatar
6 Hotels
6.2.1 New investments in hospitality industry
6.2.2 'Five-Leaf' rating system
6.2.3 Five-star ratings by Costa Rican tourism board
7 Car Rental
7.2.1 Green Motion sold its franchise to Toyota Rent a Car
8 Travel Intermediaries
8.2.1 Creation of cultural tours
9 Tourism Board Profile
10 Airport Profiles
10.1.1 Overview
10.1.2 Operator profile
10.1.3 Routes
11 Company Profiles - Airlines
11.1.1 Copa Airlines Costa Rica - company overview
11.1.2 Copa Airlines Costa Rica - main services
11.2.1 Lineas Aereas Costarricenses SA - company overview
11.2.2 Lineas Aereas Costarricenses SA - main services
11.2.3 Lineas Aereas Costarricenses SA - key employees
11.3.1 United Airlines Costa Rica - company overview
11.3.2 United Airlines Costa Rica - main services
11.3.3 United Airlines Costa Rica - key employees
12 Company Profiles - HOTELS
12.1.1 Best Western Hotels Costa Rica - company overview
12.1.2 Best Western Hotels Costa Rica - main services
12.1.3 Best Western Hotels Costa Rica - key employees
12.2.1 Marriott Hotels Costa Rica - company overview
12.2.2 Marriott Hotels Costa Rica - main services and brands
12.2.3 Marriott Hotels Costa Rica - key employees
12.3.1 InterContinental Hotels and Resorts Costa Rica - company overview
12.3.2 InterContinental Hotels and Resorts Costa Rica - main services
12.3.3 InterContinental Hotels and Resorts Costa Rica - key employees
12.4.1 Hilton Hotels & Resorts Costa Rica - company overview
12.4.2 Hilton Hotels & Resorts Costa Rica - main services and brands
12.4.3 Hilton Hotels & Resorts Costa Rica - key employees
12.5.1 Barcelo Hotels & Resorts Costa Rica - company overview
12.5.2 Barcelo Hotels & Resorts Costa Rica - main services
13 Company Profiles - Car Rental
13.1.1 Dollar Rent A Car Costa Rica - company overview
13.1.2 Dollar Rent A Car Costa Rica - main services
13.2.1 Hertz Rent-a-Car Costa Rica - company overview
13.2.2 Hertz Rent-a-Car Costa Rica - main services
13.3.1 Sixt Rent a Car Costa Rica - company overview
13.3.2 Sixt Rent a Car Costa Rica - main services
13.3.3 Sixt Rent a Car Costa Rica - key employees
13.4.1 Avis Rent a Car Costa Rica - company overview
13.4.2 Avis Rent a Car Costa Rica - main services
13.5.1 Budget Car Rental Costa Rica - company overview
13.5.2 Budget Car Rental Costa Rica - main services
14 Company Profiles - Travel Intermediaries
14.1.1 Vesatours - company overview
14.1.2 Vesatours - main services
14.1.3 Vesatours - key employees
14.2.1 Costa Rican Vacations - company overview


Companies Mentioned:

Copa Airlines Costa Rica
Lineas Aereas Costarricenses SA
United Airlines Costa Rica
Best Western Hotels Costa Rica
Marriott Hotels Costa Rica
InterContinental Hotels and Resorts Costa Rica
Hilton Hotels & Resorts Costa Rica
Barcelo Hotels & Resorts Costa Rica
Dollar Rent A Car Costa Rica
Hertz Rent-a-Car Costa Rica
Sixt Rent a Car Costa Rica
Avis Rent a Car Costa Rica
Budget Car Rental Costa Rica
Vesatours
Costa Rican Vacations
Viajes Camino del Sol SA
Travel Excellence SA