Bad Season for Hotels in Costa Rica

In September and October hoteliers reduce or close their operations due to the low levels of occupancy recorded at this time of year.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Many of these companies send their employees on training courses or terminate their contracts as occupancy levels in these two months are at the lowest of the year. "... The situation is even more difficult, as it is estimated that the average occupancy will fall to 35%, and less than 30% in many cases," reported

"Some hotels expect to tell us that they had 30% or 40% occupancy rates in September and October, with some projections even being less than 30%, says Flora Ayub, executive director of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH).

Meanwhile, Isabel Vargas, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), explained that while the occupation levels at the close of 2011 were 42.2%, in 2012 they dropped to 35.8% and they are expected to be lower this year.

Some businesses are temporarily closing and planning to reopen in December which is when the high season starts.

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