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


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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.

These projects add to the already approved Law of Strengthening the Costa Rican Tourist Industry. With the approval of this legislation by Congress, these laws would constitute the most important reform of the tourism sector of the last ten years.



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