August 21st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) PLN lawmaker, Juan Marin said this week that the chronic water shortage in Guanacaste is so bad that nine hotels in Tamarindo and Langosta are threatening to close their doors and layoff their staff.
Marin said the hotels affected have invested thousands of dollars to try to find their own water sources, to no avail.
“If the situation continues, tourists are not going to come in December,” Marin said, adding that hotel layoffs would worsen unemployment in the area which has already seen an increase as the result of this year’s record drought, which is expected to worsen in the coming months.
Meanwhile, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) announced earlier this week that construction permits for eight new Guanacaste hotel projects have already been issued, including a large 447-room project in La Cruz.
Nationwide, at least 23 new hotels that are under construction or with approved construction permits will add an additional 2,444 rooms to the country’s inventory.
Lawmakers and officials from the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers plan to meet with area business leaders on September 8th in Santa Cruz to discuss solutions to the crisis.