Tourism associations at odds over industry statistics

December 14, 2012

The Association for the Protection of Tourism, or PROTUR, this week criticized a recent tourism survey by the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) that said nine out of 10 tourism business owners claim the industry is doing “normal” or “very well.” 

The CANATUR survey was released in November and measures profitability, employment and demand for tourism services. But PROTUR President Boris Marchegiani, an outspoken critic of official tourism figures in Costa Rica, said, “We have checked with immigration statistics, and the occupancy rate at hotels continues to be low, and that’s affecting the hotel sector, especially when numbers are presented that are incorrect.” 

Earlier this year, Marchegiani said tourism statistics provided by the Costa Rican Tourism Board, or ICT, regarding the number of tourists who visit the country each year are exaggerated. He added that tourism companies and businesses are losing competitiveness. 

CANATUR President Juan Carlos Ramos countered that although the industry has seen better days, and demand has declined when compared to other years, CANATUR has compensated by promoting national tourism to Costa Ricans. Ramos said that the group’s recent survey is accurate and includes 120 companies that operate hotels, tours, travel agencies, rental car agencies and restaurants. 

In another recent development, the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) split with CANATUR, citing the latter chamber’s failure to implement reform suggested by the hotels chamber. The CCH also criticized CANATUR’s recent survey. According to CCH President Rubén Pacheco, CANATUR no longer represents the needs of the entire tourism sector. He cited the decision by other groups, including the national Airlines Association and the Costa Rican Rental Car Association, to also leave CANATUR.

You may be interested

Strong winds cause three deaths in Costa Rica, one in El Salvador
Weather
1602 views
Weather
1602 views

Strong winds cause three deaths in Costa Rica, one in El Salvador

AFP - December 10, 2017

Three people have died in Costa Rica, includiing two Swiss tourists, and one in El Salvador as a result of…

6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seen
Environment and Wildlife
2262 views
Environment and Wildlife
2262 views

6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seen

Lindsay Fendt - December 9, 2017

The jungle can be a scary place, and even for some of the fiercest of Costa Rica’s creatures, sometimes the…

National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions ship makes first visit to Osa Peninsula
Cruises
1995 views
Cruises
1995 views

National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions ship makes first visit to Osa Peninsula

The Tico Times - December 8, 2017

National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions touched down for the first time on Costa Rica's renowned Osa Peninsula this week for…