Tourism Grows During Challenges

Although in 2019 the arrival of tourists to Costa Rica increased 4% compared to 2018, businessmen of the sector continue to face complex procedures to open a new business and the high costs of basic services.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Data from the Directorate General of Immigration and Foreigners, said that between 2018 and 2019 the number of foreign visitors who came to the country grew by 122 thousand, from 3.01 million to 3.14 million tourists.

The country's figures are encouraging, but there are obstacles preventing businessmen in the sector from being more competitive.

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Sary Valverde, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), told that "... tourism and accommodation operators in the country continue to face complex procedures to get business off the ground. In some institutions we have to do a lot of paperwork to get a business up and running."

Valverde added that "... that the cost of electricity and water distribution in the country are part of the factors that affect the competitiveness of tourism."

Improving security is another need identified by the directive.

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