Bills seeks to increase cruise ship tourists by cutting the arrival fee

The local government levies a $3 tax on cruise ship passengers who come ashore at the Puerto de Caldera on the Pacific coast. A lawmaker wants to cut the amount in half to $1.50 by changing the law that authorized the local fee.

The recipient of the fee is the Municipalidad de Esparza. The municipality benefited from the arrival of 20 cruise ships in 2014, the lawmaker said.

The Comisión Especial de Puntarenas sent the reduction to the full legislature Thursday. Lawmaker Karla Prendas, said that she hoped the reduction would mean more cruise ship tourists, according to a summary prepared by the legislative staff

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