Since 1980, International Tourism Day has been celebrated every year on September 27. It was started by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). World Tourism Day helps the world by sharing cultural, social, economic, and political differences which enriches us all. Since 1997, the UNWTO has named one country as a host in partnership to celebrate International Tourism Day.
Tourists and Ticos (native Costa Ricans) alike benefit greatly from tourism because each brings new knowledge of their own cultures to each other. Costa Rica is a beautiful country with many different customs, activities and destinations. Guests will find that vacationing here is more than just relaxing with a change of scenery. And, as tourists flock to this vacation paradise, Ticos are exposed to different languages and cultures from all over the world. Their lives are enriched in learning about the guests that are touring their country.
From fishing and surfing to white water rafting near a volcano, from turtle hatchings on black sand beaches to magnificent waterfalls, there is never an idle day in Costa Rica. In the evenings the nightlife is both romantic and fun, and for privacy there are always walks on the beach overlooking the lovely moonlit Pacific Ocean.
From an economic standpoint, tourism is a very important industry in Costa Rica. If we did not have tourists , many Ticos would be out of work which would trickle down to businesses and put those shopkeepers without their means of making a living for themselves and their families.
Tourism helps a great deal in the following ways. Guests first and foremost need a place to stay while in Costa Rica and hotels like Makanda by the Sea in Manuel Antonio are always in demand. When you factor in the night clubs, bars, restaurants and fast food places, you can see how many people depend on these tourism spots to prosper and to keep their jobs.
We invite you to come for a vacation in Manuel Antonio and not only enjoy all of the fun tourist activities in our local area but also support our local community!