Employees at the tourism institute said that they conducted a work stoppage for a half day Monday to protest the possibility of changes in their salaries.
They said their views had been overlooked by the minister, Mauricio Ventura. They would like a joint committee to study the matter and negotiations.
The employees said that the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo brought in $45.5 million in 2015 and that $7 million of that went into a fund for a new convention center. Most of the money comes from a $15 tax on arriving tourists.
Some 45 percent of the employees earn less than 1 million colons (about $1,850) a month, said the announcement.