Costa Rica Passes Rural Tourism Law

The recently constituted National Rural Tourism Chamber will group all associations, cooperatives and foundations related to Rural Tourism.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Yorleny Fontana, Vice president of the chamber, dubbed Canturural for its Spanish initials, indicated that one item in the agenda is the preparation of a joint tourism strategy for the sector.

"The new law will allow tax breaks to strengthen companies that engage in rural community tourism and their associates, fostering development and job creation" published newspaper "La Prensa Libre" in its website.

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Tourism Act Costa Rica: Delays and Failures

June 2013

Costa Rican businesses point to lack of integrity in the draft Tourism Act, which has already spent five years getting bogged down in Congress.

"Now the Special Standing Committee Tourism in the Legislative Assembly is rescuing and debating the plan, amid the clamor for profound changes and more analysis made by the business sector," noted an article in

El Salvador: Plans for Further Fiscal Stimulus to Tourism

April 2013

The Ministry of Tourism is discussing with private companies and a group of consultants draft amendments to the existing Law on Tourism.

According to Jose Napoleon Duarte, chief of tourism, what they are looking for is a legal framework consistent with the current reality of tourism, integrating unions, tour operators, transportation companies, universities, and other stakeholders.

Incentives for Community-Based Tourism in Costa Rica

December 2010

The Law on Development of Rural Community Tourism regulates procedures for companies in order to be eligible for tax exemptions, among other incentives.

With the publication of this Law in the Official Newspaper, the 250 Costa Rican companies dedicated to community-based tourism can initiate the process to choose a system of incentives and exemptions under Act 8724, in force since November 2009, designate rural community tourism activities as follows:

Costa Rica: Laws to Regulate Tourism

February 2009

The government sent to Congress the General Law of Tourism Act and the Foster Tourism in Rural Communities Act.

Among others provisions, tourism will be declared to be in the "national interest," a National Registry of Tourism will be created where businesses with activities in this sector will be recorded, and the "rights and obligations of tourists" will be established.

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