Costa Rica: Touristic Sector Wants Law Approved

From the Tourism Chamber's point of view, the General Tourism Law would establish clear regulations for the private sector.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Gonzalo Vargas, Canatur's president, remarked the "need to have a central axis to define rules in touristic affairs".

Vargas told newspaper La Prensa Libre that "the lack of clear rules for the private sector creates judicial uncertainty in providing services and investing. He also noted that the current tourism law is from 1955".

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Costa Rica Tourism: Regulatory Commission Does Not Work

September 2014

The Tourism Regulatory Commission has not managed to meet since the month of May, which creates uncertainty and could lead to negative economic implications for the country.

From a statement from CANATUR and the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH):

Chambers in tourism sector demand that the Ministry of Economy convene the Tourism Regulatory Commission

Proposals for Tourism Sector in Costa Rica

May 2014

The National Chamber of Tourism has submitted to the Tourism Minister appointed by the President-elect, its proposals to revive the tourism industry.

From a statement issued by the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) :

Tuesday, 06 May 2014. The tourism sector had its first meeting with the new Minister of Tourism, Wilhem Von Braymann and CANATUR presented a series of proposals broken down into six priority themes to revive the Costa Rican tourism industry.

Tourism Act Costa Rica: Delays and Failures

June 2013

Costa Rican businesses point to lack of integrity in the draft Tourism Act, which has already spent five years getting bogged down in Congress.

"Now the Special Standing Committee Tourism in the Legislative Assembly is rescuing and debating the plan, amid the clamor for profound changes and more analysis made by the business sector," noted an article in

Costa Rica: Laws to Regulate Tourism

February 2009

The government sent to Congress the General Law of Tourism Act and the Foster Tourism in Rural Communities Act.

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.

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