Do you love a Costa Rican tourism microenterprise? Now’s the time to reach out

Today’s post is a quick preview of forthcoming information about the effect of travel cancellations due to COVID-19 on the social fabric of Costa Rica, but honestly, I’m so worried that I wanted to get something out there as soon as possible!

Do you know and love a Costa Rican enterprise that’s dependent on tourism for survival? A beloved family hotel, a community association, a nonprofit that depends on tourism for donations? It is undoubtedly facing mass cancellations, uncertainty and panic.

I realize, of course, that the economic impact of COVID-19economic impact of COVID-19 is being felt around the world, with many needs calling for our attention; that most everyone is struggling with this on various levels; and that health is, of course, the biggest concern here. However, if you’re stuck at home or otherwise have some bandwidth, do consider reaching out and even making a donation to that small business or cause you love.

I’d LOVE to hear from you if you or someone you know recently had to cancel an upcoming trip to Costa Rica (or postpone a trip you were hoping to book); if you have more information about organizations being hard hit by this situation; or if you have heard or thought of any creative ways entities in CR could mitigate this crisis and encourage support from folks who can’t come right now, but are concerned about Costa Rican communities. More to come! Watch this space.

I’m a writer in San José, Costa Rica, on a year-long quest to share daily posts on inspiring people, places and ideas from my adopted home as a kind of tonic during a rough time in the world. Sign up (top right of this page) to receive a little dose of inspiration every weekday in your mailbox; tell a friend; check out past posts; and please connect with me on Instagram or Facebook! Each month in 2020 has a monthly theme, and March’s is women’s rights, so scroll back through the month to see posts highlighting extraordinary Costa Rican women and organizations working on their behalf. 

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