What is Behind the Costa Rica Tourism Boom?

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Written by Linda Hohnholz

Sure, Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and commitment to sustainability, but how does that translate to a whopping US$1.34 billion?

It is estimated that the Costa Rica tourism market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.76% from 2023 to 2028 by US$1.34 billion. This massive growth spurt is because of the presence of many global and regional companies.

Some of the big-name companies contributing to tourism in the country are (alphabetically): American Express Co., BCD Travel Services BV, Bella Aventura Costa Rica, Booking Holdings Inc., Carlson Inc., Costa Rican Tourism Institute, Costa Rican Trails, Direct Travel Inc., Expedia Group Inc., Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd., G Adventures, Imagenes Tropicales S.A., Intrepid Group Pty Ltd., Thomas Cook India Ltd., and Thrillophilia.

While we usually think of number of visitors and how much they spend, hotel room bookings, and airline flights as the usual contributors to tourism dollars, big name companies operating in the background also play a significant role in the tourism industry in various ways.

Financial institutions

financial institutions play a multifaceted role in supporting the growth, sustainability, and competitiveness of the tourism industry through their investment, financing, risk management, and advisory services.

Technology Companies

Companies like Google, TripAdvisor, and Yelp provide platforms and apps that help tourists research destinations, find attractions, read reviews, and navigate their way around unfamiliar places. These tech tools have become indispensable for modern travelers.

Online Travel Agencies

Companies like Expedia, Booking.com, and Airbnb facilitate travel by providing platforms for booking flights, accommodations, and activities. These platforms often offer a wide range of options, making travel planning easier for tourists.

Infrastructure Investments

Financial institutions provide the necessary capital for infrastructure development, such as airports, roads, hotels, and attractions. They offer loans, grants, and investment opportunities to businesses and governments involved in tourism development projects. This funding is essential for expanding tourism infrastructure and improving the overall visitor experience.

Financing and Funding

Microfinance and small business support is also offered by financial institutions for local entrepreneurs in tourism-dependent communities. This support helps small businesses to start or expand their operations, create employment opportunities, and stimulate economic growth in these areas. Some institutions even establish specialized funds focused specifically on tourism investment. These funds pool capital from investors and allocate it to tourism-related projects with high growth potential. By channeling funds into the tourism sector, these investment vehicles contribute to its expansion and development.

Research and Reports

Research and market analysis on tourism trends, market demand, and consumer behavior is routinely conducted by financial institutions. This information is valuable for businesses and policymakers in making informed decisions about tourism development strategies, product offerings, and marketing campaigns.

Billions and Billions

Overall, big name companies play a crucial role in shaping the tourism industry by providing essential services, infrastructure, and experiences that enhance the travel experience for millions of people worldwide, translating into billions of tourism dollars.

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Linda Hohnholz

Editor in chief for eTurboNews based in the eTN HQ.

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