Costa Rica Travel – On average, 10% of the tourists coming to Costa Rica are from the LGBTI population. Last year, that percentage amounted to 296,000 people.
The National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) stressed the importance of the country respecting the rights of this population.
While some experts say we must respect LGBTI rights so that tourism doesn’t decrease and some politicians point to the negative affect that would have on our economy, especially the tourism and business sectors, the more important issue is the pride our country should strive for in being able to say we truly respect human rights.
Not only should we strive to make visitors feel welcome here, but we should also be concerned with the LGBTI population that lives here. We should pave the way for their inclusion in society with all the rights everyone else has.
The idea of removing Costa Rica from the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights was seen to the rest of the world as proof that the country is homophobic and against the rights of the LGBTI population.