After years of causing significant environmental damage from their developments, spewing black sewage water onto Tamarindo beach, completely encroaching on the 50 metre tide line, and exploiting tourists, locals, and their employees, the Diria Hotel is now targeting local tour offices.
They are handing out pamphlets all over town warning people not to book through any tour agents but their own. They recommend "extreme caution" when booking tours from "outside the hotel". It goes on to accuse the local tour agents of being in the "black market" and "stealing credit card numbers and cash from tourists. The last line is classic "please be careful that you are not being taken advantage of". Haha, talk about painting the kettle black.
The Diria has a reputation of over charging for the tours they sell and even bullying local tour companies. I know of one boat company who will not do business with them because they demanded to receive a bigger commission than all the other tour agents.
I have asked around town about these "black market" tour agents, and have not heard any reports about anyone being ripped off. I suppose its possible that some crooked individuals are walking around town posing as tour agents, but this pamphlet clearly accuses every local tour business as well. This is obvious propoganda by the Diria to scare people into booking tours with them. I for one am now officially boycotting the Diria Hotel and all of its subsideraries. They are a bunch of bullies who care not whom or what they hurt, and its people like this that have caused the bad press Tamarindo has received in the past.