British Airways connection drives Costa Rica tourism

British Airways connection drives Costa Rica tourism

The latest figures from the Costa Rica Tourism Board indicate that a total of 76,173 visitors from the UK travelled to the destination in 2017 – representing an increase of 6.7 per cent on the previous year.

This positive figure strengthens the position of the United Kingdom as Costa Rica’s largest source market in Europe.

Germany (70,960), France (69,803) and Spain (69,782) follow the UK in 2017 visitor numbers to Costa Rica.

The UK was also the biggest source market of visitors to Costa Rica in 2016 (71,392), one year after British Airways launched direct flights between London Gatwick and San José.

Rob Wilson, UK representative for the Costa Rica Tourism Board, said: “We are extremely pleased to see the continued growth of visitors from the UK to Costa Rica, helped greatly by the BA route.


“The green Central American country is truly making a space for those interested in unique wildlife and stunning landscapes.

“With these natural assets, we expect this growth to continue in the future.”

The Irish market also saw a good increase last year.

A total of 4,321 Irish travellers visited Costa Rica in 2017, up 8.6 per cent compared to 2016.

In total, Costa Rica welcomed 2,959,869 worldwide visitors in 2017, a 1.2 per cent upsurge compared to 2016.

Bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica offers adventure, relaxation, exploration and wellness.

From mountain ranges and rain forests to cloud forests and breath-taking beaches, Costa Rica’s diversity of landscapes, climates and natural wonders provides visitors with unlimited experiences – including a great number of wellness activities in these pleasant settings.