About Us

Promoting Socio-Economic Development

The Aguirre Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism is a non-profit trade association.

It was established on September 13th, 1995 by a group of local merchants concerned about various sector taxes.

Today, we are an organization of small, medium and large businesses who improve and strengthen our professions for the betterment of the region.

Aims of the Chamber of Commerce:
— Procure the development, well-being and respect for those working formally and with stability within the tourism industry in the county.
— Encourage training programs.
— Finance patent rights.
— Reinvest and involve the community to improve through works and services.


President Harry Bodaan
Board Members: Fanny Sterner, Jeffrey Valverde, Solmar Largaespada, Alex Contreras, Carmen Marin, Carlos Vargas, Miguel Mena.

Security: Harry Bodaan
Tourism: to be decided
Culture and Education: Fanny Sterner
Development: Jeffrey Valverde
Sister Cities: Solmar Largaespada
Environmental Protection: Alex Contreras
Membership: Carmen Marin

Opening Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 Noon
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Our President

Harry Bodaan
Harry Bodaan

A New, Positive Start for All

From my point of view, I feel that we are starting the new administration of the President Luis Guillermo Solis just as we are beginning with the new President of the Municipal Council, Osvaldo Zarate.

Both has expressed a sincere desire to be disposed to work with us in various questions that concern Aguirre County.  We have had a number of visitors that are functionaries in the central government, including the Minister of Tourism, Wilhelm von Breyman.  Various meetings at the highest level are scheduled that include the Ministries of MINAET, Transport, Education, Culture and Health.

The Plan of Action for the Chamber has defined parallels to President Solis’ ‘Plan of Government’ and I am honored to inform you that the President has accepted our invitation to meet with us here in Aguirre County to speak in the first two weeks of August.  We are working now to finalize the agenda for this important meeting and are looking to our members for support.  We hope that this will be the first of many such meetings.

As a result of our petition to the new President of the Municipal Council, Osvaldo Zarate, a number of us have been appointed to various key positions to the system of the Municipal Commission, that include National and International Development, Security, Tourism, International Sister Cities and Culture.  These Commission officials will work together with the Permanent Committees of our Chamber and form a united front to face problems that are found on a day-to-day basis in our county.  It will work together with some of the other Chambers in the south Pacific to work more easily with the Central Government which is much more receptive to a collective appeal.

These new alliances have been well-received by the different NGOs such as CANATUR, FEDECAMARAS and CCH.

We are trying to unite these diverse organizations to lobby the Legislative Assembly for some changes to the controversial laws #7600 (Access Equality Law) and #9028 (Anti-Tobacco Law) because we believe that a revision of these strict laws is justified due to the damage to the economic well-being of the tourism industry not only in our county but in the whole country of Costa Rica.

We will continue to keep you informed on this matter and others.


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