Dear Tico Times:
In his response to the Association for the Protection of Tourism (PROTUR, TT, March 23), the Costa Rican Tourism Board’s (ICT) Juan Carlos Borbón said that hotel occupancy figures are general and serve as indicators at the national level because of “limited response in the business sector to provide sufficient reliable information on hotel occupancy to let us know the real situation in the country.”
Borbón’s response is absurd. If it is true that the ICT does not have “sufficient reliable information on hotel occupancy to let us know the real situation in the country,” then the occupancy numbers are not an indicator of anything – except perhaps, to say the least, gross negligence on the part of the ICT for publishing statistics that they have admitted to knowing are not reliable.
I’m no lawyer, but there has got to be a law against government officials knowingly publishing false statistics that banks and businessmen rely on to make investment and lending decisions.