Barriers to Tourism Development in Costa Rica

Excessive paperwork for new tourism projects and the lack of road infrastructure hinder tourism development.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This was pointed out by Tourism Minister Carlos Benavides and the President of the Costa Rican Hotel Chamber, Pablo Solano, during the celebration of World Tourism Day.

Sergio Arce, from, published some comments from Mr. Solano, "excessive procedures to develop new projects, coupled with legal uncertainty ... As beautiful and attractive as we are, internal tourist travel becomes uncomfortable and this detracts from the experience and enjoyment the country offers."

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Costa Rica: More Bureaucracy in Tourism

December 2016

Arguing that they would "give muscle" to the state in managing the sector, a proposal has been made to add a Ministry of Tourism to the current Costa Rican Tourism Institute, a move which has been firmly opposed by employers.

The private sector is concerned that the proposed bill to create a Ministry of Tourism to operate alongside the current Institute of Tourism, will mean that State funds that are used to promote the country as a tourist destination will be diverted.

Costa Rica: To Reduce Paperwork Formalities ... More Formalities

April 2014

The future Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry proposes the creation of a court that will be responsible for dealing with complaints from citizens who feel affected by bureaucratic excesses of the state.

If this nonsense is a sign of what the work will be of the next head of the MEIC, the Costa Rican productive sector should not put too much hope in his management.

Costa Rica: Bureaucracy and Entrepreneurship

March 2013

Employers point to the thick web of paperwork that must be traversed in Costa Rica if you want to start a new business.

From a press release issued by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations in the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP):

Most entrepreneurs, according to the latest data from the Survey "Business Pulse" by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Business Sector (UCCAEP) indicate that in Costa Rica there are a number of constraints to the initiation of a new business in the country.

Costa Rica: $4.5 Million in Public Tourism Investment

April 2011

Works include rebuilding and maintaining Puntarenas and the new sea park of Caldera.

In Puntarenas, authorities will invest $3 million to build a two storey building for a bar and restaurant plus an area for two pools.

Once construction is complete, the Municipality of Puntarenas “will be responsible of putting out to tender the administration of the recreation center, with support from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute”.

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