According to data by the Costa Rican Hotel Chamber, the mountains were the favorite destination for tourists during the last Holy Week and Easter vacations.
The mountain hotels had an average occupation of 88%, while hotels located in the Central and South Pacific, Guanacaste and the Puntarenas area had an average of 84%. The numbers for highland hotels are a 20% increase when compared to the same period in 2011, where the average occupation rate was only 68%.
Hotels located in the North Area (San Carlos, La Fortuna, Arenal), Monteverde and Heredia, report that 88% of the guests were foreign tourists. The Caribbean was one the areas with high occupancy rates, averaging 88% of occupied rooms.
The high season for tourism usually ends in March, but the effect is prolonged for two more weeks, and since the Holy Week was celebrated in the first week of April, there was one more week of high season, with many foreign tourists staying longer, and more local tourist traveling to the beaches or mountains.
Costa Rican Hotel Chamber gathers 300 businesses and enterprises and represents them before the Government and provides support for international promotion and marketing in partnership with the Costarica Tourism Institute (ICT).
80% of costarican hotels are considered micro and small businesses, having less than 50 rooms. 15% corresponds to a mid tier and 5% represent the largest hotels, most of them part of world class hotel chains.
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