Costa Rican firms in Spain courting potential Spanish tourists

Some 57 Costa Rican firms are participating in the Feria Internacional de Turismo that will open Wednesday in Madrid, Spain.

The Cámera Nacional de Turismo said that it hopes that the promotion of Costa Rica there will result in added tourists in July and August, months that are vacation times in Spain.

The typical Spanish tourist spends 10 nights in the country, the chamber said. The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo is participating in the international fair as well as the chamber, it said.
Costa Ricans have always felt an affinity with Spain, the mother country for many.

And tourists from Spain speak Spanish. The fair is expected to attract 200,000 visitors, according to the chamber.

Spanish tourists represented 2.3 percent of the tourists who entered the country in 2010, said the chamber. That number is understating the value of Spanish tourism because Costa Rica lists more than 400,000 Nicaraguans as tourists each year.

Tourism institute statistics say that there were 48,492 Spanish tourists in 2010. that was 18 percent of all European tourists, according to the chamber.

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