A million-plus tourists reported in first 6 months

The tourism institute said that more than a million visitors came to the country in the first six months. That represents an increase over the average for the last four years, said the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo.

The agency said it was using figures supplied by the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería.

The exact number was reported to be 1,197,199. The tourism institute also said that in June 86,000 U.S. citizens visited the country as tourists. However, it did not report the total number of U.S. arrivals for the first six months.

In 2009 the country reported 78,381 U.S. visitors. In 2010 some 84,462, according to figures released by the institute in the past.

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