Costa Rica’s Tourism Sector Requests Halt on the Alcohol Ban for Easter

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    The Costa Rican News (TCRN) – The tourism sector in Costa Rica has asked the municipalities to discard the “dry law” for Easter and the second round of voting on April 6 in order to not adversely affect their activity in the high season.

    The National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) said in a statement that they sent a letter to all 81 municipalities, since these units are responsible for deciding whether the restriction in the community to the sale of alcoholic beverages will be applied.

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    “We appeal to the good sense of the local authorities to be aware that the application of this prohibition has a substantial negative impact on tourism,” said the president of Canatur, Isabel Vargas.

    The letter was sent on February 25 and so far only five municipalities have responded, including San Jose, the capital.

    Of these five, four have said they will not apply the restriction but the capital will impose the “dry law” according Canatur.

    The businesswoman said that the goal is the protection of tourism entrepreneurs, as well as food service and general trade during Easter, in mid-April.

    “We need the authorities to speak out soon, because, out of respect for our industry, we must inform businesses a timely manner, as employers plan their activities well in advance,” said Vargas.

    Tourism directly employs about 150,000 people and another 400,000 indirectly in Costa Rica, which last year received 2.34 million tourists, who generated foreign exchange of $ 2.340 billion, according to figures from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute. (ACAN-EFE)

    The Costa Rican News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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