Our country was preferred by readers in a survey conducted by Selling Travel, the leading monthly travel trade publication in the United Kingdom.
Costa Rica was recognized in Europe as the best wildlife and nature destination of 2019 by the readers of Selling Travel, the leading monthly travel trade publication in that country.
The award was received by representatives of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) during the World Travel Market (WTM) international tourism fair held in London this November.
** As the recognition was made during the last months of the 2019, we are mentioning it as part of our 2020 news.
Selling Travel editor Laura Gelder noted that “we did a survey of readers this year that asked agents in which travel segments they were most interested; wildlife and nature was among the first three segments, showing that the Best Destination for Wildlife & Nature award is one that is particularly important for the UK travel trade and a victory of which the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) should feel very proud”.
Selling Travel readers include retail travel agents, home-based workers and reservation staff of tour operators throughout the United Kingdom; All the best-selling frontline travel vendors to decide which are the best brands and suppliers in the industry.
For her part, the Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Maria Amalia Revelo said that “we thank those who voted for us; this award recognizes Costa Rica’s commitment to sustainability, environmental protection and the joint work we do in the public and private sectors to attract the type of tourism that appreciates and values what we offer as a destination for wildlife and natural life.”
According to data, the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners, from January to September 2019, Costa Rica received 59,134 visitors from the United Kingdom, which meant an increase of 4.2% over the same period of 2018.
The stay of visitors to the United Kingdom is estimated at 14.6 nights, according to 2017 data, and the British tourist spends an average of $ 121.8 per day. Solo travelers, family vacations, groups of friends or colleagues, are just some of the tourists profiles we receive, increasingly, each year.
Trekking, sun and beach, and observation of flora and fauna are the three favorite activities for those who come from this market. Tourists from the United Kingdom who visit the country have mostly university education and half are young people under 35 years of age.
This is great news for Costa Rica, as it means that the sustainable efforts and investments in the matter are giving good results and also are being recognized internationally. The country is not only a place travelers can visit and leave, it is a place where they can be amazed by the lush forests, the great biodiversity and also, the great commitment of the population in terms of preservation and conservation of the natural resources and the wildlife.