Costa Rican Tourism Board

The Costa Rican Tourism Board (Spanish: Instituto Costarricense de Turismo) is the government agency responsible for promoting sustainable tourism in Costa Rica. Originally the agency was created by decree in 1931 as the National Tourism Board, and by a law approved on August 9 of 1955 the agency became the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT).[1]

The Tourism Board is responsible for granting the fiscal incentives available in the country since 1985 for tourism development. These incentives consist mainly of tax exemptions for companies providing hotel services, air transport, car rental, gastronomy services, travel agencies, and other tourism related services.[2][3]

The agency introduced in 1997 a voluntary Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program (known as CST) was introduced in order to turn "the concept of sustainability into something real" by "improving the way in which the natural and social resources are utilized, to motivate the active participation of the local communities, and to support the competitiveness of the business sector.[4] The program was aimed for all types of businesses in the tourism industry, but it began only with lodging providers. By 2007, a total of 108 parameters are considered for the CST evaluation.[5]

See also


  1. "History and Legal Framework". Instituto Costarricense de Turismo. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  2. Dirección de Gestión y Asesoría Jurídica, ICT (June 2010). "Estudio Plazo de Consolidación de las Empresas Turísticas" (PDF) (in Spanish). ICT. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  3. José Enrique Rojas (2005-02-03). "Contraloría ampara exoneraciones a empresas turísticas". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  4. Crist Inman (1997). "Impacts on Developing Countries of Changing Production and Consumption Patterns in Developed Countries: The Case of Ecotourism in Costa Rica" (PDF). INCAE, available atInternational Institute for Sustainable Development website. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  5. Mercedes Agüero (2007-11-07). "ICT espera 2 millones de turistas a finales del 2008". La Nación (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2008-06-15.

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