Costa Rica: Hoteliers Call for Government Action

Representatives from the government have submitted a proposal to promote improved profitability for the sector.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

In order to promote the idea the National Hospitality Congress will be held on 4 and 5 August.

Among the topics to be discussed are, labor flexibility, excessive paperwork for new tourism projects, tips and infrastructure problems.

Gustavo Araya, a member of the board of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) commented on the extensive paperwork saying, "... this is what affects us most because an investor currently has to go through 1950 steps in 51 public institutions.

"Although in this country it is said that tourism is the hen that lays the golden eggs, we do not feel the government's commitment to increase competitiveness, with the exception of Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), and we having been losing competitiveness for the last ten years due to the excessive regulations", he said.

He added that the delay in infrastructure has cost $1,850 million and this is difficult to remedy, however, the truth of the matter is we should start with the hotel sector", published

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