Costa Rican Hotels Fear Restrictions on Sale of Alcoholic Beverages

The Costa Rica Hotels & Resorts Association (CCH) indicated its concern at a proposed law that would give local municipalities the right to place limits on hotel drinking hours.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The proposal, called "regulating the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages", would remove the freedom hotels have to sell alcohol at any time of day from hotel liquor licenses.

Carlos Lachner, president of the CCH, surmised that, "the proposal is positive for the hotel industry if you take into account the difficulties many hotels in the Costa Rican Central Valley have in obtaining new liquor licenses. On top of this, licenses are rented, bought and sold for exceptionally high prices, which represent an additional fixed operating cost that is a burden to business”.

Lachner added that it does not make sense to regulate the national hotel sector at a local level.

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