Tourism in Danger by Covid-19

One of the most relevant sectors for the Costa Rican economy is declared in "Total Emergency and State of Calamity", as it is the first time in the "zero" season that total income ceases.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) stated that all State institutions, Powers of the Republic, Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Institutions, as well as Municipalities throughout the country, are required to collaborate in the broadest and most expeditious manner within the framework that the serious reality demands, in order to alleviate the situation of the Private Tourism Sector.

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According to the agreement SJD-079-2020, by means of which the sector was declared in calamity, explains that "... we are facing a zero season for the first time in the history of our country, which means the total ceasing of the income of the raw material, (tourists) for the sector therefore, the total ceasing of financial income to face its obligations."

Alberto Lopez, General Manager of the ICT, explained that "... We are in the midst of an international pandemic that generates an unprecedented impact on the tourism sector. Our sector is in a state of total emergency and a state of calamity unique in its history. The economic impact has no comparison, nor any previous reference.  We will have a season of zero visitation and zero economic income for the private tourism sector and for the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, which we hope, in the best of cases, will last at least three months."

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