Costa Rica: More Bureaucracy in Tourism

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.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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.

The initiative furthermore suggests creating a Tourism Advisory Council, which would include private and public participation, and a Joint Advisory Council of Small and Medium Enterprises (Advisory Council for Small Businesses) with various ministries and chambers, and integrating the Minister of Tourism into the Governing Council of the Development Banking System  (SBD by its initials in Spanish).

"What is sought it is to give muscle to the public sector of tourism, as currently other ministries have no obligation to check some things. This was said yesterday by the Christian Socialist deputy and chairman of the Special Permanent Committee on Tourism, Luis Vasquez," reported
"...Gustavo Araya, president of CCH, said the project has a lot of inaccuracies and creates a number of committees and two deputy ministers, which detracts power from the minister."

Editorial commentary: It should be explained to the state deputy proposing the law that it is difficult to convert executive fat into muscle.

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