Hotel chamber official stresses electrical rate impact

Some Costa Rican hotels have closed and others are in the red because of international competition, including from Cuba, among other factors, according to an executive of the hotel chamber.

The executive, Luis Montero Esquivel, vice president of the Cámara Costarricense de Hoteles, told lawmakers Wednesday that electrical rates should be adjusted to benefit hotels, a major industry.

Power costs may be from 5 to 12 percent of the hotel budget, depending on the services they offer, he said. Some 80 percent of the country’s hotels have 40 or fewer rooms, and many are family businesses.

Lawmakers in the Comisión de Asuntos Económicos are considering bill No. 19.644 that reforms the way electrical rates are set.

The goal of the bill is to reduce rates.

Montero noted that hotels employ many workers and many more indirectly dependent on hotels.

He said the effort to keep hotels open is for the welfare of the nation’s communities.

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