Devaluation Complicates Tourism in Costa Rica

Two thirds of the country's tourism businesses have been negatively affected by the 15% increase in the value of the Colon.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The tourism industry in Costa Rica, which represents 7% of the GDP, receives most of its revenue in Dollars and pays most expenses in Colones. This puts them as one of the sectors most affected by the sharp appreciation of the Colon.

A year ago, if a tourist paid $ 1,500 in a hotel for a stay, the establishment received C 862,500 Colones to cover their costs. That same tourist generates today C 757,500 Colones, a decrease of about $ 200, explains in an article the Tico Times.

Juan Carlos Ramos, president of the National Chamber of Tourism, said many hotels are in a precarious situation and may have to close their doors if the situation does not improve.

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The National Chamber of Tourism said that the appreciation of the colon against the dollar is hitting the sector hard in terms of competitiveness as a tourist destination.

A statement from the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) reads:

The country's monetary policy is asphyxiating tourism.

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January 2013

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