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Lawmakers propose tax cut for cruise ships docking at Caldera port
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Lawmakers propose tax cut for cruise ships docking at Caldera port

L. Arias - October 9, 2015

A special legislative commission evaluating problems in the coastal province of Puntarenas wants to cut in half the tax charged to tourists arriving on cruise ships to the central…

Ziplining, bungee jumping in Costa Rica should not be taxed, court rules
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Ziplining, bungee jumping in Costa Rica should not be taxed, court rules

L. Arias - September 4, 2015

A San José court ruled Wednesday that sales tax should not apply to a range of popular outdoor tourism activities in Costa Rica. The ruling reverses a previous…

Costa Rica tourism entrepreneurs report millions lost to bad weather, street protests
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Costa Rica tourism entrepreneurs report millions lost to bad weather, street protests

L. Arias - July 11, 2015

Damage caused by floods in the past three weeks and road blockades on Wednesday caused major losses to Costa Rica’s tourism sector, the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR)…

Costa Rica rises in global ranking of travel, tourism competitiveness
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Costa Rica rises in global ranking of travel, tourism competitiveness

L. Arias - May 9, 2015

Costa Rica ranks among the top tourism economies in Latin America, according to the results of a report released this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The country ranked…

No booze allowed during Holy Week in 27 cantons
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No booze allowed during Holy Week in 27 cantons

L. Arias - March 30, 2015

As of Friday evening a total of 27 of Costa Rica's 81 municipalities planned to prohibit the sale of alcohol during Holy Week, according to the National Union of…

Upbeat outlook for Costa Rica tourism, as visitors, revenue up in 2014
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Upbeat outlook for Costa Rica tourism, as visitors, revenue up in 2014

L. Arias - January 22, 2015

Tourism Ministry officials on Thursday reported that revenues from Costa Rica's travel sector last year totaled $2.6 billion, an 8.3 percent increase over the $2.4 billion registered…

Beach, mountain hotels report 88 percent occupancy for the holidays
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Beach, mountain hotels report 88 percent occupancy for the holidays

L. Arias - December 5, 2014

The Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) on Wednesday reported that bookings for Christmas and New Year’s holidays at beach and mountain hotels is averaging about 88 percent.…

Tourism entrepreneurs to present President Solís with a plan to further develop sector
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Tourism entrepreneurs to present President Solís with a plan to further develop sector

L. Arias - November 10, 2014

Some 200 representatives of tourism chambers and associations, entrepreneurs and professionals are meeting this week at the 18th National Tourism Congress to discuss key issues to improve Costa…

Government, tourism entrepreneurs seek to resolve differences on recent controversial laws
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Government, tourism entrepreneurs seek to resolve differences on recent controversial laws

L. Arias - August 28, 2014

In an ongoing row between tourism business chambers and the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís, tourism sector leaders on Tuesday evening had the opportunity to voice…

Costa Rica tourism minister calls cruise ship industry a ‘cornerstone’ for economic recovery
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Costa Rica tourism minister calls cruise ship industry a ‘cornerstone’ for economic recovery

L. Arias - August 27, 2014

The cruise ship season began on Costa Rica's Pacific coast last Sunday with the arrival of the Carnival Legend in Puntarenas. At the same time, Tourism Minister Wilhelm…

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