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KLM to resume flights in October; Air France and Edelweiss push back dates

(QCOSTARICA) The Dutch airline KLM announced that it would resume direct flights to Costa Rica starting next month, while Air France and Edelweiss are expected to start October 31 and November 1, respectively. KLM foresees the reactivation of its operations in the country on October...

How COVID-19 could impact travel for years to come

In late 2019, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) published its “Economic Performance of the Airline Industry” report. It contained a 2020 forecast of 4.1 per cent growth in global air traffic demand and net post-tax profits for North American airlines of US$16.5 billion. Travel...

El Salvador: Hotels at Risk of Bankruptcy

Managers of the Salvadoran Association of Small Hotels of El Salvador (Hopes) claim that hotels and the tourism sector were among the first to receive the economic impact of the crisis resulting from the health emergency, and will be among the last to recover. Leonor...

Costa Rica airports to reopen to tourists on August 1!

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, announced this afternoon Costa Rica's borders to international tourists will be opened on August 1, 2020. The border restrictions will be extended, again, to July 31, 2020, where only Costa Ricans and legal residents (who did not leave...

Tourism Sector: “We Need Phase 3”

(QCOSTARICA) The tourism sector is requesting phase 3 of the reopening program laid out by the government last month, necessary to give the economy a breather, that includes among other things, the return of international tourists and extending the hours of the beaches. Tourism entrepreneurs...

Travel agencies “demand” of the government a clear date to restart tourism

(QCOSTARICA) Although they agree that the reopening of borders to international tourists is something that must be carried out gradually, the Costa Rican Association of Travel Agencies - Asociación Costarricense de Agencias de Viajes (ACAV) - considers that it is time for the government...

Opening to international tourism would start with countries without magnified transmission of COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) Without giving a specific date, including not commenting if the current restrictions of the arrival of tourists will be lifted or extended, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, confirmed that the eventual opening of borders for international tourism will take place gradually and...

July will be a key month for Costa Rica’s tourism

(QCOSTARICA) July will be a key month for Costa Rica tourism and the revival of the economy due to the total opening of the beaches, the eventual resumption of international flights, and the financial support that will be provided to businessmen in the sector. That...

Concentration of COVID-19 cases is no longer in the Metropolitan Area

RICO'S COVID-19 DIGEST - My first thought while listening to the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, on Wednesday announced 86 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day, the highest recorded in a 24-hour period since the first case on March 6, was here...

Tourist buses will return to the street under vehicular restrictions

(QCOSTARICA) After almost 3 months without being able to circulate, the transport units (big buses, small buses, minivans, etc) dedicated to tourism services ("turismo") will resume operations according to the last number on the license plate. The Public Transportation Council (CTP) approved this June 2...

Costa Rica is betting on ‘staycations’ to keep tourism afloat

(The World) On a recent weekday afternoon, Alberto Hernández tended to his vegetable garden near the popular Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, high in the mountains of Costa Rica. Normally, Hernández, a guide, would not be home. He would be guiding tourists along forest trails,...

Moody’s changes the outlook on Costa Rica’s ratings to negative from stable; affirms B2 ratings

Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday (June 2) changed the outlook on Costa Rica's ratings to negative from stable. Concurrently, Moody's has affirmed Costa Rica's B2 long-term issuer and senior unsecured bond ratings. The negative outlook reflects Costa Rica's increased funding risks due to higher borrowing...

Rubén Pacheco: “Tourism is in a race with the lion at its back”

The re-opening of international flights, the modification of sanitary regulations, and financial support, all done in a moderate but in a consistent manner, are key to reviving the tourism sector that contributes the most to the national economy. That is the opinion of Rubén Pacheco,...

Decree reduces price of jet fuel in order to encourage tourism

The price in Costa Rica of jet fuel will be reduced by eliminating the subsidies on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), bunker, asphalt and asphalt emulsion. The measure is concretized through a decree and is part of the plan promoted by the government for the revival...

Big savings in fuel purchases helps maintain abundance of dollars in the market

The strong savings that Costa Rica is having in the purchase of fuels due to the pandemic contributes to the internal foreign exchange market remaining in surplus, despite the reduction in income from tourism. According to data provided by Recope, the State entity that purchases...

Pending task: Lowering costs for tourists via taxes

(QCOSTARICA) Reducing the cost of tourist services and alleviating the burden on companies in that sector through a greater tax exemption is not among the points on the road map that the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - Tourist Board -  presented to rescue...

Legislator asks to reactivate tourism sector as soon as possible

Reactivating tourism as soon as possible is essential for thousands of families, according to Roberto Thompson, Legislator for the Liberacion Nacional (PLN), presenting two bills before the current legislative session, which would help mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus. The covid-19 pandemic forced the country...

Domestic tourism before opening borders, says Salud

That possibly the closure of borders extends beyond May 15, is what has generated pressure from the tourism sector to reactivate its activities and thus curb the economic impact it suffers from the Coronavirus. But before lifting this restriction on foreigners entering the country, the...

Ortega Government Says God Will Protect Nicaragua from Coronavirus

The Government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo continues to row against the tide in the matter of coronavirus prevention: Vice President Murillo ordered to “expand and develop” all the events raised in her summer campaign, called “Nicaragua All Sweet, with Love for You,...

What will be the impact of the coronavirus on the Costa Rica economy?

The impact of the coronavirus on Costa Rica's economy depends on the extent of contagion and how long it will last, as well as the effectiveness of government measures, such as interest rate cuts. However, the impact would be felt to a greater or lesser...

Costa Rica flinches as crime taints its reputation for the pura vida

Cleaner and less chaotic, Costa Rica is Latin America-lite. Unlike most of the rest of the continent, you can drink the tap water there, order an eco-Uber and embrace a hassle-free lifestyle. It’s like a friendlier, more fun Switzerland with enviable weather and gorgeous beaches....

Touristic bet would be to receive cruises all year round

Betting on extending the cruise season annually and investing in infrastructure should be the next steps of the tourist cruise industry in Costa Rica, several experts agree. This would allow the country to improve its tourism revenues and not be left behind by its competitors...

What is the impact of recent turbulence on Costa Rica’s commercial aviation?

Volaris announced on November 13 that it would freeze the growth of its operations in Costa Rica. The risk of a strong increase in costs, the possibility of extending a contract and the current competitiveness of fares are the three axes of the tense...

Guatemala Proposes Tax Incentives to Encourage Tourism

In Guatemala, Congress is discussing a bill that seeks to increase the arrival of flights to the country through tax incentives for airlines, which would be coupled with the elimination of improper tax charges. On August 14, 2019, the President of the Legislative Branch, Álvaro...

Costa Rica Tourism Shines, Despite A Slow World Economy

The world economy may be growing slowly; nevertheless, a successful closing and beginning of the year augurs Costa Rica's tourism sector, trusting the promotion work abroad, the quality of the product and the country's positioning, leading to a new record in visitors, and a...

Airbnb predicts that regulation will affect service in Costa Rica

With the  approval in first debate of the Bill to regulate non-traditional hosting, Airbnb believes that the Bill in its current form will affect the service in the country. Non-traditional accommodation (rooms, homes, villas, chalets, and bungalows, among others) will be subject to the 13%...

Top Tips for Honeymooning in Spain

One of the most exciting kingdoms in the whole of Europe, Spain is soaked in a varied history – one of the pivotal shapers and players in the western world. From the days of the Spanish Armada to the more recent era of world-class...

OIJ warns: if security is neglected tourism and foreign investment will be affected

Although they are aware of the country's complicated situation regarding (police) resources,  judicial authorities are clamoring for the government not to neglect or reduce security budgets, as tourism and foreign investment would be impacted. In fact, both factors are considered as pillars that go hand...

Blockades raged against a depressed Caribbean

Limón, a province urged by work and economic reactivation, was the most affected by the blockades by truckers, students, trade unions and even residents of the various Caribbean communities. Port activities for international trade and tourism, key factors in the economy of the region, are...

Hard blow to tourism in Costa Rica

Two aspects included in the Plan Fiscal (tax reform) would hit tourism, making services more expensive and, thus, the cost of vacationing in Costa Rica. A contraction of the national tourism and a reduction of competitiveness as a destination country before other markets in the...

New requirement for US visa: Ticos must detail their social networks

Costa Ricans who request or renew a visa for the United States must meet an additional requirement: they will have to start providing information about their social media accounts when applying for US visas. The new requirement not only affects Ticos, but all foreign nationals...

Tourism Board Estimates a 9% Increase in 2018-2019 Cruise Ship arrivals

The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - Costa Rican Tourism Board - estimates an increase of 9.2% in cruise ship arrivals at the five main points of the country - Limón, Caldera, Quepos, Golfito, and Puntarenas - for 2018 (August) to 2019 (July) season. In...

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