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Only 17 cantons will enforce dry law during Holy Week
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Only 17 cantons will enforce dry law during Holy Week

L. Arias - April 5, 2017

As of Wednesday evening, 17 of Costa Rica’s 81 municipalities have confirmed that they will prohibit the sale of alcohol during Holy Week, the National Union of Local…

Airbnb agrees to collect sales tax from hosts in Costa Rica
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Airbnb agrees to collect sales tax from hosts in Costa Rica

L. Arias - January 18, 2017

Representatives of Airbnb, the online marketplace that allows people to list or rent lodging in residential properties, said the company is willing to collect taxes from its…

Administrative Court bans dry law during holidays
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Administrative Court bans dry law during holidays

L. Arias - September 5, 2016

Costa Rican municipalities can no longer ban the sale of alcohol during religious and other holidays except for Holy Thursday and Good Friday, thanks to a recent…

Release of prisoners in Costa Rica angers politicians, tourism industry
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Release of prisoners in Costa Rica angers politicians, tourism industry

The Tico Times - May 4, 2016

A recent court ruling ordering the gradual release of nearly 400 prisoners from Gerardo Rodríguez penitentiary in Alajuela has been met with criticism from some lawmakers, officials…

Public sector employees to have all Holy Week off
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Chikungunya
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Public sector employees to have all Holy Week off

L. Arias - March 3, 2016

The Labor Ministry will send most of the 300,000 public sector employees home for Easter Holy Week, Mar. 21-27, in order to promote domestic tourism during the…

Tourism sector seeks to calm fears of Zika virus
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Tourism sector seeks to calm fears of Zika virus

L. Arias - February 24, 2016

The day after health authorities announced Costa Rica's first two locally-transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, tourism officials held an emergency meeting to talk about how…

Lawmakers propose increase in exit tax to fund Costa Rica’s Olympic athletes
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Lawmakers propose increase in exit tax to fund Costa Rica’s Olympic athletes

L. Arias - November 12, 2015

Lawmakers of the Legislative Commission on Childhood, Adolescence and Youth in a unanimous vote on Tuesday approved the drafting of a bill to increase from $29 to…

Costa Rica identifies sex predators with online marketing campaign
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Costa Rica identifies sex predators with online marketing campaign

L. Arias - October 29, 2015

Costa Rica’s Tourism Ministry and PANIAMOR Foundation on Wednesday disclosed the first results of an online strategy to fight Costa Rica’s image as a child sex tourism destination.…

Save water, ban golf courses, says Costa Rican lawmaker
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Drought
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Save water, ban golf courses, says Costa Rican lawmaker

L. Arias - October 23, 2015

Broad Front Party legislator Suray Carrillo Guevara is drafting a water conservation bill that would ban golf courses in Costa Rica -- both existing ones and those that are…

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…

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