Costa Rica, with a population of nearly 2 million, has been a big winner in ecotouring as tourism and eco-tourism have grown in recent years.
Costa Rica has a lot of potential, but we still have to get used to the idea of spending less money, said Cristobal Martinez, the executive director of the Costa Rican Tourism Development Council, which works to expand tourism in Costa Rica.
Costas’ economy is so dependent on tourism that when there are no tourists around, we spend less, he said.
That has to change.
Ecotourists have been arriving in Costa Rican towns, cities and resorts in record numbers.
The Costa Rican tourism industry was worth about $100 million in 2014, according to the tourism board.
In 2018, the number of tourists to Costa Rica totaled about 300,000.
But many of those tourists are tourists who want to spend more than a day, said Martinez.
Costos tourism agency expects the tourism industry to grow from $20 million to $100 billion by 2028.
The new program will be part of a larger plan to create more ecotowns, including a planned tourism hub that will offer more space for tourists to relax and explore.
That will happen as Costa Rica expands its economy and is ready to attract more tourists, Martinez said.
Costarros government has committed $1.5 billion to the program, and it will begin this year with 10,000 ecotravelers.
The goal is to have 100,000 by 2022, said Fernando Gonzalez, director of tourism development at Costa Rica’s Ministry of Tourism.
Costo Rica’s tourism industry has grown by nearly 30 percent since 2006, according, according the Costa Rica Tourism Board.
It employs about 9,000 people.
In the first half of 2019, there were 6,500 people working in the tourism sector.
The number of people employed in the industry has increased by nearly 20 percent, according Costa Rica Statistics, which tracks the country’s economy.
The economic impact of Costa Rica becoming an ecotower hub is clear.
More tourists means more money for Costa Rica to spend on tourism, Martinez added.
Cost Rica’s economy has grown almost 60 percent since 2004, according Statistics, but there have been some changes in the past few years.
In 2011, Costa Rica passed a law that allowed foreign tourists to bring their pets to the country, which has led to fewer pets being brought into Costa Rica and fewer tourists visiting the country.
The law also required that Costa Rica build more facilities for pet-friendly living, including dog parks, in the capital, Caracas, according Stats.