Tourism: Better Roads, More Opportunities

The construction of the road to Monteverde in Costa Rica, which has been postponed for years and that in the coming weeks would publish the tender documents, promises to further enhance tourism in the sector.

Monday, May 6, 2019

This is not the first attempt by a government to develop this important road project. In July 2014 the Ministry of Public Works announced that it would publish in 2015 a "direct competitive tender" to asphalt 18 kilometers of road in the province of Puntarenas.

On that time the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Carlos Segnini Villalobos, undertook to manage the resources to promote, from the National Council of Roads (Conavi), a direct tender to asphalt the section of national route 606 between Guacimal and Santa Elena de Monterverde. However, everything remained on paper.

See "Costa Rica: Tender for Road Works is Being Prepared"

Now Conavi promises to publish the tender poster this month, which has generated new expectations in the community, businessmen and local government, because if the work is finally completed, the economic impact in the area will be positive.

Monteverde is an area known for the biodiversity of its forests, and for this reason it has specialized in serving tourists who mostly come from the U.S., Europe, Chile and Brazil. According to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the place currently has an average housing capacity of 1,200 people per night.

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Regarding the work, José Luis Vargas, coffee entrepreneur and coordinator of Monteverde highway, explained to that "... most businessmen and neighbors see paving as something urgent, and confirms the concerns that there is for a possible increase in demand. "Yes, there are two situations that are somewhat contradictory, on the one hand there is a large tourist infrastructure that was partly built thinking of the (new) highway."

Add the article that "... The community is preparing for a variety of changes, such as, for example, a greater income of national tourists who decide to take advantage of the decrease in travel times to enjoy the cloud forest, skywalks (air ride) and the trails, which is why community actors work in different commissions to deal with possible changes in security, waste and roads."

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