• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Levy on Airfare May Replace Hotel Tax

November 21, 2008

Lawmakers have voted to replace a 3 percent hotel tax with a flat $15 tax on airline tickets to Costa Rica.

The bill, passed in a final vote Thursday, will become law once it is signed by President Oscar Arias.

The new tax would increase funding for the Arias administration’s effort to market Costa Rica to tourists as a financial crisis pinches pockets around the world.

In 2006, the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) collected about $7.9 million from the tax on hotel rooms. By contrast, ICT would have collected about $17.5 million with the $15 charge to each visitor arriving by air, according to an analysis by legislative aides.

The bill also promotes in-country tourism by Ticos, who would not pay the new airfare tax, said lawmaker Ana Helena Chacón of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC).

–Gillian Gillers

 

You may be interested

Government updates Costa Rica decarbonization efforts
Environment and Wildlife
10536 views
Environment and Wildlife
10536 views

Government updates Costa Rica decarbonization efforts

The Tico Times - February 24, 2021

The Costa Rican government on Wednesday updated the progress of the country's decarbonization efforts. The Presidency says 90.7% of the…

Reminder: Costa Rica’s entry requirements during the coronavirus pandemic
Costa Rica
3258 views
Costa Rica
3258 views

Reminder: Costa Rica’s entry requirements during the coronavirus pandemic

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 24, 2021

Since November 1, tourists from anywhere in the world can visit Costa Rica. Visitors can arrive to Costa Rica via…

Costa Rica details March friendlies against Mexico, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Costa Rica
4893 views
Costa Rica
4893 views

Costa Rica details March friendlies against Mexico, Bosnia-Herzegovina

The Tico Times - February 24, 2021

The Costa Rican men’s soccer team will face Bosnia-Herzegovina and Mexico in March friendlies, and the local federation has provided…