Costa Rica at a glance
Business travel spending is forecast to grow 7% through 2022.
Business travel spending to, from and within Costa Rica was US$2 billion in 2017, with inbound travel making up 41% of that amount, according to BCD Travel analysis of Tourism Economics data. About a third of the spending was from domestic travel; trips abroad by Costa Ricans accounted for 28%. Between 2012 and 2017, business travel spending grew an average of 3% a year. But that overall figure disguises the strength of outbound business trips, which saw spending expand by more than 13% per year over that period. The country recently opened its first convention center—one of the factors expected to push spending by both domestic and international business travelers to 7% annual growth through 2022.