• Plan Nacional de Desarrollo
  • Plan Nacional de Desarrollo Turístico

    2017 - 2021

    Plan Nac. Desarrollo Turístico


Costa Rica Tourism Board

To offer better customer service, the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT in Spanish) is being renovated. As a part of this process, we put at your disposal a web site with a modern design that includes an array of information to help speed up institutional procedures, operations, and consultations.

We are the governing tourism institution in Costa Rica; our premise is constant innovation so that tourism activities become the engine for the economic growth of the country.

We are the governing tourism institution in Costa Rica; our premise is constant innovation so that tourism activities become the engine for the economic growth of the country.



Tourism Statistics

Every tourism indicator for Costa Rica in one place.



Tourism Sustainability

Our mission to protect the environment has made us stand out.



and Citizen Information

Quick access list to every kind of ICT procedure and consultation.

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Regional Offices

Where can you find us?

Our locations and what you can do in regional offices


Conference Planet, People, Peace to Promote Cooperation on Sustainable Tourism and Climate Change


The International Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Planet, People, Peace has become a venue for initiatives promoting sustainable tourism.

This year, our country will host the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Planet, People, Peace (P3) –the only international venue on sustainable tourism hosted by Costa Rica and organized by the Costa Rican Chamber of Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism (CANAECO*) together with the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).

In its five years of existence, this conference has become one of the largest and most prominent events on sustainable tourism in the region. A triangular cooperation project among Uruguay, Costa Rica and Spain has been one of the outcomes, starting learning exchange on climate change and sustainable tourism.

This contact resulted in an exchange that allowed the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and key stakeholders to share the Sustainable Tourism Certificate with the Ministry of Tourism in Uruguay (MINTUR), the Ministry of Housing, Land Planning and Environment in Uruguay (MVOTMA), the National Climate Change Response System (SNRCC) and Uruguayan stakeholders in tourism, who are working on a sustainable tourism certification for Uruguay –Green Tourism Certificate (SVT).

Under this project, Uruguay has shared experiences on recovery of beaches through ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) techniques, implementing train-the-trainers activities with experts from the ICT and representatives from local committees of the Programa Bandera Azul Ecológica de Playas (Ecological Blue Flag Programme for Beaches), running this institute.

Sixth Conference

"The name 'Planet, People, Peace' represents the perspective from which issues are approached, showing our commitment to making a contribution to the Planet from the very essence of People, sharing our experience as a country of Peace," concluded Jackeline López, President of CANAECO.

"P3 strengthens the position of Costa Rica as a responsible destination, highlighting the efforts, best practices and innovative initiatives of the public and private sector in the country," she added.

The International P3 Conference will mark the high point to celebrate in the country the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, so declared by the United Nations General Assembly.

"From the perspective of the ICT, P3 is conceived as an event living up to the spirit of the Sustainable Tourism Model in which Costa Rica has believed for over three decades. Costa Rica has been considered a destination that promotes integrated sustainability in three lines of action: society, environment and economy, as a tool to promote culture and legitimacy of the peoples and boost social and economic welfare of communities and companies. No doubt, the ICT reaffirms its commitment to celebrating a new P3 conference and taking advantage of the UN declaration, to consolidate our image in terms of sustainable tourism" in addition to celebrating the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, stated Alberto López, General Manager of the ICT.

The past five conferences brought together over 1,100 national and international participants and over 110 world experts in sustainable tourism, from 26 different countries in the 5 continents.

The International Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Planet, People, Peace will be held on October 9 to 11. Participants can register on-line using this link: http://planetapersonaspaz.com/index.php/es/inscribase or find more information on Facebook: @planetpeoplepeace.


Tourism in Costa Rica

Viistantes por MOtivo de Viaje Placer

75% travel for vacation purposes.

75% of the people visiting Costa Rica travel for vacation, pleasure, and leisure; while only 13% do so for professional and business purposes.

Más de 2 Millones de visitas anuales

More than 2 million visits per year.

Costa Rica has a constant visit growth year after year; and, it remains as the main destination of the Region.

Satuisfacción del Turísta

68% enjoy the sun and beaches of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica offers idyllic beaches in both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, becoming a favorite destination for this activity

Notes Section


  • Among the outcomes of the World Meeting of Blue Zones were the validation of factors that safeguard healthy, long lives, the creation of an information and research network, as well as the signing of a Framework Agreement between the institutions.

The path to healthy longevity is one that is under constant construction. Important strides were made along this path in Nicoya on November 16-18 at the World Meeting of Blue Zones, which are helping to determin


According to the data from The National Center of Enery Control, Costa Rica has now added 300 consecutive days of producing its energy from renewable sources for 2017.

To date, 99.62% of national electricity production comes from its five renewable sources (water, geothermal, wind, biomass and sun), the highest proportion since 1987.

Since May 1st 2017,, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) has not resorted to thermal backup to generate power. This year,



  • The airline will offer two direct flights to our country.
  • With this connection between San José and Amsterdam-Schiphol, there will be access to 131 destinations around the world.

Today, Royal Dutch Airlines opened their direct flight to Costa Rica. The airline will fly directly to San José, Costa Rica (Amsterdam-San José-Amsterdam) twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) during the European winter (November to Mar


In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Nate, the Costa Rica government has announced two recovery effort priorities: restoring all national highways and continued monitoring of the affected areas.

President Luis Guillermo Solís, together with the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Care (CNE), which is part of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), and other first responders, have worked tirelessly to restore operations throughout the country in the s

In the wake of Tropical Storm Nate and as a follow-up to the response to the situation occurred, the President of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solís, together with the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (National Risk Prevention and Emergency Response Commission, or CNE) of which the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and other first response institutions are members, have taken on the task of responding in a comprehensive fashion to the storm's impact a

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