Costa Rica can improve connectivity and experiences to attract more digital nomads

Digital nomads seek connections and experiences that generate value, excellent connectivity and clear rules that ensure their peace of mind while working in the country. This was one of the conclusions of the U Lead webinar with the Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (Camtic).

The top 10 of favorite destinations for digital nomads, according to the site work for the world.org are: Berlin, Lisbon, Cangu (Indonesia), Prague, Chiang Mai and Bangkok (Thailand), Buenos Aires, Belgrade (Serbia), Taipei (Taiwan) and Puerto Vallarta. The competition for this segment is fierce, for example, Kayak highlights 6 amazing countries in Latin America to be a digital nomad: Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Guatemala.

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What is a digital nomad?

Digital nomads are professionals who use technology to work remotely, with a lifestyle that allows them to travel and get to know other countries and cultures, in order to have a better quality of life. This market could generate revenues of 3,000 million US dollars per year according to government estimates.

Last July, the regulation of the law on digital nomads was published which allows the application of the law, approved in 2021, and which establishes the conditions of entry and stay of this type of worker, whose income must be at least $3,000 per month.

But beyond shared work and residence centers (coworking and liveworking) with a good internet connection, there are other values ​​that the country can offer and that should be promoted.

Comfort with different experiences

Digital nomads seek tourism in their spare time, but they also need goods and services to continue their way of life. The Tico way of being and the beauty of the country are attractive, but that is not enough.

This is why, according to Ronald Briceño, expert in the field, it is necessary to improve the conditions of digital nomads, but above all the way in which we can add value so that they choose Costa Rica and not another destination. This can be achieved through value through content partners, interaction to enrich their lives, their work and that they can enjoy our beautiful country.

According to this same approach, the country must have legal stability and certainty that define clear rules and generate a stable environment to attract this group of professionals, said Paola Gutiérrez, professor at U Lead.

In addition to the need to improve connectivity in certain coastal areas, it is important that the country is attentive to the needs of digital nomads to facilitate administrative procedures and bureaucracy.

“If we don’t, those people might go to other countries that offer better conditions,” said Edwin Estrada, who was deputy telecommunications minister in the last administration.

For her part, Leonor Echeverría, lawyer and partner of the Fragomen firm, pointed out that although all the required conditions are missing, more cannot be expected and the country must be promoted immediately as a destination for digital nomads.

Finally, the former deputy Carlos Ricardo Benavides, promoter of the law on digital nomads, stressed that it is necessary to see in practice if there are rules of the recently approved regulation that must be adjusted, in addition to investing in promoting the country as a destination.

“We have an obligation to provide them with sufficient conditions both from the point of view of legal security and material conditions so that they can live in the happiest way, and that they continue to consider us as one of of the world’s favorite destinations,” he said.

Transformation of the tourism industry

Not only the government but also the private sector must prepare for the attention of digital nomads. Entrepreneurs in the sector must, in addition to providing adequate physical spaces and good connectivity, have the necessary sensitivity to understand the varied customs and cultures of this type of worker. They also need to be more flexible to accommodate varied requirements such as early cancellations or the like.

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