Hotels: Rates in Costa Rica Fall 25%

Because of the restriction measures decreed in the country due to the covid-19 outbreak, between March and April of this year the average hotel rate for two people decreased from $160 to $120.

Friday, May 8, 2020

According to the "Monetary Policy Report" prepared by the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR), in the face of the health crisis, hotel occupancy in the country has plummeted in the first four months of the year, from 90% in January to 15% in April.

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Data from the BCCR indicate that Guanacaste and Puntarenas are the provinces where hotel occupancy has fallen the most. See the full official document.

Rubén Ancón, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) told that "... an occupation of between 10% and 15% is technically a closure, more so when they are establishments with 400 rooms."

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According to Flora Ayub, executive director of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels, "... 'there are regions of the country that live off tourism like Tortuguero. There all the activity is linked to this activity. Or La Fortuna, where there are small and medium sized family establishments closed due to the current situation."

According to forecasts from CentralAmericaData, the sharp drop expected in the income of the tourism industry in Central America will be partly explained by the decline in hotel activity and tourist marinas.

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