Costa Rica: Tourism is "in the Background"

The limited political strength of the current Minister of the department is preventing industry demands from being addressed and priority given to the sector in the government's strategy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Representatives from the tourism industry argue that they have been given a back seat because they are not given the necessary priority in government policies. The sector is also complaining about lack of investment in tourism infrastructure, excessive paperwork and permits and the enforcement of laws discouraging economic activity in the sector.

Pablo Abarca, President of the National Chamber of Tourism, told that "... Von Breymann had little presence in the defense of the sector against the proposal to impose new taxes and the conflict, currently underway, against the Ministry of Finance which intends to charge a fine for companies that rent out cars. Furthermore, the sector had to wait eight months for the first meeting of the regulatory commission of the tourism sector, the convening of which is the responsibility of the government. "

Meanwhile, Gustavo Araya, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels, added "... The lack of political experience of the minister has cost us very dearly in this case. We have been very critical of the management and, above all, lack of commitment from other institutions regarding the Costa Rican Tourism Institute. Among the entities are the Ministries of Finance, Public Works and Transport and Health and as well as municipalities. "

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