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Published on : Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Costa Rica organized a meeting last week of the Central American Council of Tourism. As confirmed by the Costa Rican tourism Institute (ICT), here different ideas were discussed in order to endorse tourism investment in the region. Central America’s Tourism Ministers, entrepreneurs, businessmen and representatives of the region’s tourism chambers took part in this first “Forum of Exchange of Experiences for the Promotion of Tourism Investment in Central America,” hosted on June 30th in Costa Rica.
Mauricio Ventura, President Pro Tempore of the Central American Tourism Council (CCT) and Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, explained that the meeting helped to study various consequences and impact of tourism incentives as a key tool for promoting investment in sector. It has seen a doubling in revenue in the last ten years whatsoever. To quote Ventura, ‘when there is interest in investing in tourism, local economies are energized, direct and indirect jobs are generated and this investment translates into a development lever for the country in general; Therefore, it is crucial to facilitate an enabling environment that stimulates tourism investment, through a national policy and specific laws related to tourism incentives to boost tourism investment.’
Carla Bush, Executive Secretary of the Central American Tourism Integration System (SITCA), said that this forum was kind of a space for all the tourism governing bodies present in each country to reflect and evaluate their national regulatory frameworks for investment in the sector.