Chance of a Thunderstorm
Weather for San José:
High 30° / Low 19°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Click here for six-day forecast for 16 communities across Costa Rica!
Banco BAC
Banco BCR
Banco Nacional
Banco Popular
Banco Scotiabank

Guanacaste Braces for Massive Wave of Tourists

Share this article

Playas del CocoJust in time for the holidays, popular tourist destinations such as Playas del Coco in Guanacaste are about to see a major influx of visitors. Although tourism and hospitality operators in Guanacaste and across Costa Rica have been working diligently over the years in making sure that their staff is fluent in English, from December 13th to January 5th they will mostly be catering to the needs of Spanish-speaking visitors.

According to Fiorella Valle of Guanacaste online news site Primero en Noticias, the National Chamber of Tourism (Spanish acronym: CANATUR) expects that 6 out of 10 households in Costa Rica will visit Guanacaste during the holiday season and the end-of-year traditional vacation period.

CANATUR is basing this forecast on a recent survey of 134 hospitality establishments in Guanacaste. According to the results of the survey, there is a general expectation of 78 percent occupation by most hoteliers, although in recent years such expectations have been surpassed. This expectation is greater than in the Central Valley, where only 72 percent of all available rooms are anticipated to be booked this season.

The forecast for the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is even more optimistic: An occupation rate of 87 percent seen by hotel operators are easily achieved.

Penny-pinching Foreigners?

In Guanacaste, reservations among the 134 hotels surveyed by CANATUR currently sit at 60 percent. In recent years, the beaches of Guanacaste have been favored by foreign visitors, but trends among Costa Rican families on vacation indicate that they are getting ready to spend their hard-earned colones in the Gold Coast this year. This is certainly good news for regional hotels: According to an October report published by national newspaper La Nacion, foreign visitors to Costa Rica are spending less, particularly those who land at the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia (LIR).

CANATUR president Isabel Vargas told La Nacion that, as a tourism business operator, she has first-hand experience with this frugality by foreign visitors to Guanacaste, particularly among those who arrive from the U.S. and Canada. This penny-wise trend conforms to the global financial crisis, which Tico families seem to be brushing off –at least when it comes to local tourism. Flush with their aguinaldo (Christmas bonus or 13th month paycheck) money, they are not afraid to spend it on tourism activities, even if their wallets will regret it around mid-January.

Print Friendly

Related Articles

Mexican Concrete Used in Expansion of Main Costa Rica Highway

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) announced earlier this month that its subsidiary, CEMEX Latam [...]

See Seattle’s Dan Price, the World’s Best CEO, Thursday @ ULatina

By Wendy Anders Tomorrow, Thursday July 28 at 6:00pm, CEO Dan Price of Gravity Payments in the U.S. will [...]

Virgin America Could Soon Fly to Costa Rica

Virgin America Inc. today announced that the merger agreement with Alaska Air Group, Inc., the parent [...]

Costa Rica Economy Prompts Negative Outlook for ICE Bonds

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad y Subsidiarias’ (Grupo ICE) [...]

New Tech Services Center in Costa Rica Offers More than 100 Jobs

San Jose, July 21st 2016. Getinge Group announced the establishment of its new Shared Services Center [...]

Scotiabank Costa Rica Receives Major Unsecured Loan

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. (“Bladex” or “the Bank”; NYSE: [...]

Mystery of Costa Rica Rail Director’s Resignation Solved

A revolving door cabinet has been an unfortunate staple of the administration of President Luis Guillermo [...]

Concentrix Adds 700 More Positions in Costa Rica

By Wendy Anders Concentrix is a high value business services company operating in 25 different countries [...]