The nation’s tourism chamber is predicting a so-so Semana Santa for its members.
The chamber, the Cámara Nacional de Turismo, said Thursday that a survey showed average occupancy at 65.7 percent for the key holiday that begins in a week. These are rooms that already have been reserved.
The chamber survey is more extensive than the one conducted by the Cámera Costarricense de Hotels. The tourism chamber polled 153 hospitality operations. The hotel chamber talked to just 45. The tourism chamber said that reservations for the northern zone were 68.8 percent of available rooms.
Around Puntarenas the number was 68 percent, and in the central Pacific, the survey reported 67.1 percent.
The south Pacific reported 50.5 percent, and the Central Valley and the Caribbean coast are about 34.8 percent.
Although many Costa Ricans enjoy a week of vacation during Semana Santa, many stay with family or friends and are not traditional hotel guests.
In fact, many just pitch a tent and stay on a beach.