Tourism in Costa Rica Affected by Thomas Storm

Roads closed, reservations canceled, passenger diverted to other regions, disruption of water, electricity and telephone services and damage to infrastructure.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tourism was one of the most affected by the passage of Tropical Storm Tomas, leaving 6 out of 10 companies with some damage, according to a survey done by the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) to 80 companies and tour operators in all tourist regions.

In the hotel sector, 60% of those consulted received cancellations, resulting in a total of 430 reservations canceled, mainly in the Middle Pacific and South Pacific.

"During the weekend the hotel was to have great occupation, however, everything happened rather fast, a lot of cancellations occurred and we are left with a reservation of a couple of tourists who could not leave because of poor weather and bad roads, causing strong impact in the hotel operation," said Mauro Esquivel, General Manager of Hotel Villas Rio Mar.

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