The nation’s hotel chamber issued warning Monday about lodging firms that might be using tricky prices online.
The chamber, the Cámara Costarricense de Hoteles, said that some hotels have jacked up their rates so that they could then offer fake discounts of 50 to 50 percent. This is the same trick that some retail outlets use, except in Costa Rica this is contrary to the law, as the chamber noted.
The chamber said it has been in contact with some online travel agencies and were told that the agencies do not approve of this trick either.
The manipulation distorts the market and rebounds on the perpetrators when travelers learn the truth, the chamber said.