Tourism Promotion Budget Cut

Businessmen in Costa Rica are opposing a bill that aims to reduce the amount of money assigned to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, claiming that it will affect international marketing of the country.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

At the moment total proceeds from the $15 fee charged for each air plane ticket purchased abroad is assigned to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), but with the bill proposed by the government these resources would be reduced to half and the remaining amount would go to the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC).

Gustavo Araya, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels, told that "... 'We do not agree with this because it will affect the international marketing of Costa Rica as a destination. Moreover, if we keep charging taxes it will stay an expensive destination and one with third world infrastructure.'"

He added, "... we do not agree with leaving national parks or protected areas unprotected, but neither should we use resources which are for the ICT, for that purpose money from the SINAC should be used, according to reports from the Comptroller General of the Republic, it reported a surplus of 23.5%. "

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