Good luck, don Gustavo

I generally write my Boosts with you in mind, not Cabinet ministers, but this week I’d like to send all the energy I can to Costa Rica’s new Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura Sancho.

It’s quite something to take charge of an industry when it’s having its worse year in history. I honestly can’t think of any time when I’ve seen a public servant sworn in with such an immediate need to provide results – in this case, to families who have lost their income completely because of the suspension of tourism, and for whom existing government subsidies are not gonna cut it. Those families need practical, quick action, decisive leadership, and creativity.

Costa Rica’s public health situation worsened significantly this week, and its economic challenges are just as massive. It’s a lot of pressure. I send my sincere good wishes to the new Minister. I hope he knows that while there are many eyes on him, that also means there are many, many people all over the country and world, who are wishing him every success.

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 FacebookIf you want to learn more about how to support Costa Rica during the crisis, visit my COVID-19 section – or for ways to enjoy Costa Rica from afar, visit Virtual Costa Rica.


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