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Costa Rica Tourism Board

The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) invites you to explore this dynamic platform, in which you can learn in detail about the area of activity of Costa Rica's leading tourism institution, with up-to-date information for all of your inquiries.

While you browse the sections of this site, which has been designed for you, you will discover the reach of the Board: tourist figures, the departments and divisions that make its work possible, sustainability certifications and the services the Board provides. Information such as the requirements for the tourism declaration and the participation in international trade fairs are just some of the material of interest that you will find among this website's content.

It is a privilege for us to serve you and to work together to strengthen the tourism industry, which drives development, foreign exchange and employment in Costa Rica, and is an engine of growth in its economy. As ICT employees, we are all proud to set ourselves to this difficult task every day, in partnership with the private sector.



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


Institutional Services

Institutional Services

Institutional Information

Institutional Information

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


  • “Only the Essentials” is the ICT’s new international campaign to promote the country in the United States and Canada, its two main tourist-sending markets, over the next two years.
  • The campaign will be present on billboards, buses, taxis and the Chicago subway, as well as digital and print media, specialized tourism organizations, Google and Bing search engines and social media, among others.
  • The launch is p


  • No domestic or international tourists have been affected, Health Ministry reports

The Ministry of Health of the Government of Costa Rica, in collaboration with other authorities, is continuing to work to prevent new cases of methanol poisoning due to the consumption of tainted alcohol.

In total, 72 patients have been hospitalized with methanol poisoning, of whom 26 have died. The most recent death occurred on August 1, after which date no new deat


  • Tourism sector business leaders can use this certification to validate the location of their businesses using Google Maps Costa Rica.
  • This possibility has come about through a collaboration with Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs).

A collaboration between the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) and the multinational company Google has resulted in ICT becoming a Google Trusted Verifier. This means that the institution can validate the accuracy


  • Biennial congress is the only international event held by Costa Rica on sustainable tourism issues.

On September 4-6, the Costa Rica Convention Center will host the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Planet, People, Peace – P3, a conference held by the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) and the National Chamber of Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism (CANAECO).

The seventh conference will bring exhibitors and visitors from around the


  • The award was granted by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • The Gold Level is the second-highest rank of the well-known LEED Certification.

Through each of its phases, from design to construction and operation, the Costa Rica Convention Center has maintained a vision of being one of Latin America’s most sustainable event venues. Thanks to the organized and systematic efforts led by the Management and Support Division of the Costa Rican Touri

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Última Modificación: 20/01/2021.
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