Tourism chamber captures the ears of presidential candidates

The Cámera Nacional de Turismo sat down with presidential candidates Thursday to promote its vision of tourism. Present were Luis Guillermo Solís of Partido Acción Ciudadana, Otto Guevara of Movimiento Libertario and Rodolfo Piza the new nominee of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana.

Representing Johnny Araya Monge, the candidate of the Partido Liberación Nacional, was Walter Coto.

The chamber has created a plan for tourism that came from discussions with those involved in the industry all over the country.

The challenges that have been identified include approval of a new tourism law, increased spending for promotion, involvement in the dollar exchange rate, promotion of tourism education, development of infrastructure, security, continuity between presidential administration, access to finances and additional incentives.

The chamber is expected to continue its discussion of a long-range plan for several months more to include other aspects, such as how competitive Costa Rica is in the world market.

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