Now, with the war of words between the nations in the third year, the potential revenue from the travels will be low, said Mr Guaino, the executive director of the Costa Rica Tourism Board.
“This past year has been very eventful and unpredictable in the relationship between the United States and Costa Rica,” said Mr Guaino. “The city of San Jose, which is often referred to as a cultural crossroads, is already suffering an impact. But San Jose is built on tourism. From now on, with many of the European destinations becoming increasingly expensive because of taxes and fees, it will become even more difficult to find affordable entry points into the Americas,” he added.
“The economic and cultural impact is not so significant because Costa Rica as a destination represents peace and prosperity. Many low-lying and poor countries are selling this trip for huge profits, and doing so through aggressive advertising campaigns that exploit fear and division. Without this fear, the tourism revenues would be higher, and it’s in the American context that tourism is falling short. With that said, I hope that American travelers will continue to come here to seek peace, stability and positive experiences.”
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