Costa Rica: Emergency Status of Tourism Denied

A declaration of emergency status would have negative impact on the tourism industry due to poor image, the closure of credit lines and brakes being put on investment.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In response to a request by some representatives of the sector to declare a state of emergency, the major players in the industry have disputed the idea.

A press release states:

“The Tourism industry objects to application for declaration of state of emergency
• The declaration is unfounded because the sector is not in a state of emergency.
• Such action would lead to repercussions in the industry such as poor image of tourism, the closure of credit lines and brake on investment.”

It goes on to say that accepting the declaration would be “the worst scenario for the Costa Rican tourism industry.”



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