Tourism: Investment Reactivation

Now that the works that will allow the water supply to the main tourist centers of the Gulf of Papagayo, in Costa Rica, are finished, it is expected that they will restart the investments paralyzed years ago.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

After the opening of Las Trancas-Papagayo Bahía Aqueduct on March 1st, which was achieved after an agreement between the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers, the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism and the private sector, there is optimism that investments can be reactivated in at least 11 projects.

See "Costa Rica: Lack of Water is Paralyzing Investments"

Among the construction projects that would be reactivated are Hotel and Condohotel Matambú, Condo Hotel Yu Papagayo, Hotel The Point, Hotel and Condohotel Altepe and Hotel Punta Mar.

María Amalia Revelo, Minister of Tourism, explained to that "... the lack of water resources made it materially impossible for developers to begin construction, but stressed that the new infrastructure provides 80 liters per second to concessionaires."

You may be interested in "Central America: $766 million in Tourism Projects" and "$129 million Touristic Development Projected".

Rodrigo Castro, executive director of Asopapagayo, said that "... It doesn't mean that with the water solution the court is already flat, there are still some obstacles to which we have to look for solutions, but we are in the process. I believe that if we continue to take steps in the right direction, this project has the potential to build 3,600 more rooms."

According to Asopapagayo's projections, some $1.2 billion will be invested in the next few years, which will allow for a supply of nearly 5,400 rooms.

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