Hotels and other hospitality operations owe the Caja Costaricense de Seguro Social 1.5 billon colons or a bit more than $3 million, the health services agency said.
The Caja said that half the debt was generated by lack of payment by just 10 hotels. The debt comes from the money employers are supposed to pay the Caja for health protection and pensions for their employees based on the amount of their salaries. The payments are supposed to be made monthly.
However, the fact that so many hotels are behind is a commentary on the tourism situation.
Still the Caja said that its monthly collection efforts have reduced the amount of late payments.