Costa Rica: Laws to Regulate Tourism
The government sent to Congress the General Law of Tourism Act and the Foster Tourism in Rural Communities Act.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Among others provisions, tourism will be declared to be in the "national interest," a National Registry of Tourism will be created where businesses with activities in this sector will be recorded, and the "rights and obligations of tourists" will be established.
Costa Rican businesses point to lack of integrity in the draft Tourism Act, which has already spent five years getting bogged down in Congress.
From the Tourism Chamber's point of view, the General Tourism Law would establish clear regulations for the private sector.
The recently constituted National Rural Tourism Chamber will group all associations, cooperatives and foundations related to Rural Tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism is discussing with private companies and a group of consultants draft amendments to the existing Law on Tourism.
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