More Time to Develop Tourism Projects

Because of the delay of the Costa Rican authorities to solve the problem of water supply in the Gulf of Papagayo, developers request that the terms of the concessions granted to them to develop tourism projects in the area be extended.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) has already received requests for concessions to be extended, because some of the projects that have not been completed have already consumed half of the time they were granted.

See “Costa Rica: Lack of Water is Paralyzing Investments reviews that "... The ICT already has applications on the process. One of the first was presented by former Tourism Minister Rubén Pacheco, who is the concessionaire of at least seven lots in the Bahia area, five of them under Enjoy Hotels and Resort and two more from Wafou. Pacheco confirmed the procedure because they have had the investments stopped for about ten years.

On March 5, Pacheco confirmed to the Executive Office of the Papagayo Tourist Pole its request for the extension of the term, in which it is requested that "... a readjustment and restitution be made to the term of the concessions, because they have been unable to develop their projects for lack of water resources.

Also see “Tourism: Investment Reactivation

Last year, the ICT showed its willingness to extend the deadlines. According to the resolution of session 6027 of May 7, 2018, it is stated that "... It is viable to restore the concession term that had been paid in due time and was not enjoyed, to those concessionaires that have been unable to develop their projects for lack of water resources. Such restitution of time, as a reparative measure, must be proportional to the effective period in which the affectation for lack of water resource occurred."

In the last report that CentralAmericaData made of the situation of water supply in the place, it was stated that there is optimism to reactivate at least 11 projects, after March 1 was inaugurated the Aqueduct Las Trancas-Papagayo Bahia, which was achieved after an agreement between the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers, the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism and the private sector.

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