Visitor numbers to Central America during the first two months of this year increased by 6% compared to the same period in 2009, according to preliminary figures released by the Tourism Ministries of the region. A total of 1,515,216 foreign tourists visited Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama during January- February 2010. European arrivals increased by 4%, with 151,802 visitors compared to 146,263 in early 2009. Meanwhile, the number of Spanish visitors, traditionally low in this period, increased by 11%.Visitors to Belize, a former British colony, were predominantly British (1,546 British visitors out of a total of 5,556). Meanwhile, the number of British tourists to Costa Rica also increased by 27% in these two months. The country’s top destinations for European visitors include the Tortuguero National Park, home to nestling green sea turtles, the central region of Costa Rica, and the Manuel Antonio National Park in the south of the country.