Posted by: Idioma Extra | February 21, 2011

Tuesday´s News

Tourism chamber urged more planning for highways


The nation’s tourism chamber said that the country needs better planning, particularly with highway projects.

The comments from the Cámara Nacional de Turismo were directed at a current problem in an access road to the new Caldera Highway in Atenas. But the comments by Mauricio Céspedes, the organization’s executive director, went further.

Céspedes said that the chamber applauds the actions of the government to assume the costs of repairing this road link because it is important to tourism. However, he said that the project did not have sufficient planning and that Costa Rica now assumes the financial burden.

Highways are the principal means of transport to tourist areas, he noted, and they play an important role in the competitiveness of the country for tourists. The government and competent authorities should be more rigorous with companies that carry out infrastructure projects and demand quality as well as, responsibility for any eventualities, he said.

The chamber executive said that the money being spent on the Atenas link could be spent elsewhere.

Tropical Storm Tomas affected some 61 percent of the tourism operators in the country and the road network collapsed in some sections of the country causing substantial losses.

Some damage has not yet been repaired, the chamber executive said.

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Origin: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French aplaudir, from Latin applaudere, from ad- + plaudere to applaud
First Known Use: 15th century
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