Costa Rica has very pronounced tourism seasons. Christmas vacation through spring break is the high season with high occupancy (and rates) across the country. And then comes the low season (we like to call it the green season), and hotel occupancies drop sharply. This is especially true for Guanacaste that attracts more of a sun and beach type tourism. The rest of the country has more of a focus on wildlife and nature.
In many hotels and resorts employees get laid off in late April or early May. In some cases up to 50% off the staff. In the best case, they go on an “unpaid holiday” and come back to work in mid-December. This is typical for many seasonal destinations in the world, but a real problem creating unemployment, underemployment and economic instability in rural areas for Costa Rica. The same thing as in Costa Rica, also happens in Nicaragua.
At the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Resorts, we have never liked this policy and since our first year of operation have opted to provide year round employment to all of our staff. While at first sight, this might not be the most sensible business decision, we believe that it does make a lot of sense and it is the right thing to do. Here is why…
If you want to be a sustainable traveler. Considering traveling during the times of the year with less demand. Read here about peak season travel and its impacts.
By the way, here are The Cayuga Collection green season values for this year. There are some real attractive savings and you support our staff’s employment for the next months. They will thank you for it.
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