International flights arriving at Liberia’s International Daniel Oduber Airport increased by 7.5% in the first half of 2019, bringing roughly 25,000 passengers more than in the same period of 2018.
According to Costa Rica’s Tourism Institute (ICT), the 356,175 international tourist arrivals in Guanacaste represent more than a quarter of those arriving in the country, which surpass a million.
In an effort to increase the number of new flights at the Daniel Oduber airport, the ICT has sought to promote the area as a tourist destination, expand routes from main markets, improve conditions for tourism investment and differentiate destinations with the help of communities.
Of the flights that arrived in Liberia in the first half of the year, most of them came from North America. U.S. arrivals accounted for 260,000 people, an increase of 7% from a year earlier.
Mexico was the country that increased their visits the most in the first half of the year, almost tripling last year’s first half total of 1,912.
Other zones that showed notable improvement were the Middle East and Asia, particularly Chinese visitors.
Europe sent 16,000 people to Liberia, more than of whom half came from the U.K.
“The numbers show stable, solid growth,” tourism minister María Amalia Revelo said.
All of ICT’s international arrival numbers are based on data that from the Department of Imigration and Foreigners.