Friday, November 21, 2008

Costa Rica puts $15 tax on plane tickets

(Photo by Corbis)San Jose, Costa Rica (AP) – Tourists flying into Costa Rica will soon have to pay a new $15 tax.
The new tax on plane tickets replaces a 3 percent tax on hotel rooms that generated just $10 million a year and was hard to enforce.

The new tax should generate $25 million a year to help the Costa Rica Tourism Institute attract more visitors.

Tourism is a $2 billion a year industry in Costa Rica. Each year, nearly 2 million people visit the country known for its eco-tourism. The new tax was approved late Thursday by Congress and should take effect later this year.

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