Casinos in Costa Rica: shorter hours puts 3,000 employees at risk

New rules governing the activity of casinos in Costa Rica are to go into effect over the next few days, and that's bad news for these businesses and their employees. As many as 3,000 casino employees could lose their jobs over the next few months.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Some of the most severe restrictions will make it illegal to give customers free alcoholic drinks, cut off direct assess to the street, and prohibit their presence in hotels of 60 or more rooms.
But the most negative is the rule shortening the hours of operation to eight hours. Previously, casinos could stay open for 24 hours.

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Taxes on Gambling in Costa Rica

November 2011

The bill to regulate activities of casinos and electronic gambling venues will decide taxes based on the number of tables, machines or personnel involved.


The new text approved by the Financial Affairs Committee sets a tax of $300 per table for establishments that operate a maximum of 10 hours daily and $500 for those over 10 hours.

TCS John Huxley begins operations in Costa Rica

September 2008

The firm, which designs systems for casinos and equipment for gaming establishments, will establish a sales office for Latin America.

In the medium term, the company has plans to establish a plant in Costa Rica to fabricate the machines and products locally.
TCS John Huxley has been in the market of 30 years and is headquartered in London. It has 250 employees.

Coca Cola could move employees to Guatemala

July 2008

Coca Cola has announced plans to move 150 employees to either Guatemala, India or Poland.

An article in the electronic edition of the Tampa, Florida Tribune and Tampa Bay Business Journal says the employees will be transferred from the Brandon financial services center.
The average salary for these positions is 38,000 dollars per year. The company still has not decided which of the three countries will be chosen.

Costa Rica casinos to follow new rules

April 2008

Costa Rica doesn’t want to become a gaming detsination like Las Vegas. New laws have been passed in Costa Rica that will change the way that many of the casinos will be run and ultimately prevent new casinos being built in Costa Rica as casinos begin to limit their operations in line with these rules.

Existing hotels with casinos and stand alone casinos must regulate their hours from 6pm until 2am from the current 24 hour operations many of them use right now. Many casinos in Costa Rica offer free alcohol to their customers however this must also come to a stop as well as restricting access for minors. The government has handed these businesses a 6 month deadline to bring these changes into effect.

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