PRLog - Aug. 10, 2011 - BOSTON -- Over the last six years there has been a fundamental shift in the tourism market. The percentage of visitors from North America has declined while the percent of visitors from Central America and South America has increased.
Based on figures from the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo, North American visitors made up 53 percent of the tourists in 2005. Visitors from Central America and South America were just 30 percent of the 1.7 million total.
But by 2010 North Americans declined to 48 percent, and Central and South Americans increased to 38 percent of the 2.1 million visitors.
Visitors from Europe declined a single percentage over those years from 14 to 13 percen
The bulk of the Central American visitors came from Nicaragua, according to the institute's figures.
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