Chamber of Tourism: gasoline shortage will not affect the holiday season in Nueva Esparta

Chamber of Tourism: gasoline shortage will not affect the holiday season in Nueva Esparta

Nueva Esparta is a state that has a fuel supply plan between July and September, as it is one of the most visited by both national and international tourists.


The fuel shortage, which continues to worsen in inland regions of Venezuela, affects the country’s economic activities, including tourism. Representatives of the transport union, for example, have warned about possible stoppages due to lack of gasoline, for July and August, which is when the holiday season begins. The Nueva Esparta Chamber of Tourism, however, stated that the crisis will not affect the holiday season in the entity, which usually has a large influx of travelers, especially in Margarita.

“It is expected that we will not have any problem with the fuel supply for the holiday season. We are not aware that there will be any problem with the supply. In any case, we are requesting a meeting with authorities for next week,” Viviana de Vethencourt, president of the Nueva Esparta Chamber of Tourism, told Efecto Cocuyo.

“Here the lines are very long, you can spend half a day and in the end leave because they don’t supply you, it runs out, the cistern doesn’t arrive,” said Oriana Gómez, a merchant in Porlamar.

Leudo González, president of Conseturismo, told the media firewood effect, that historically Nueva Esparta is a state that has a fuel supply plan between July and September, as it is one of the most visited by both national and international tourists.

“Particularly in season there are important supply operations. In recent seasons, efforts have been made to have the availability of gasoline on the island in a subsisting manner. When the holidays come around, an effort is made to maintain the constant flow of gasoline. Certainly seasonal arrivals are expected and forecasts are taken, which we would like to see in Mérida,” González explained.

He added that the rest of the country’s states, identified as tourist destinations, do not have the same luck. In Mérida, during the month of June, kilometric queues and resale of gasoline with prices of up to three dollars per liter were reported.

In mid-July, Alejandra Luna, president of the Mérida Chamber of Tourism (Caturem), indicated that the supply was “improving.”

«We have achieved communication between the hoteliers and the Merideña Tourism Corporation and they are making a link for us to be able to supply. We truly hope that a service station will be assigned to visitors and that there will be special treatment for them,” Luna said.

“We have not the slightest doubt that, since there is no constant supply of gasoline, the seasonal workers will not reach those destinations. Especially those that are towards the ends of the country,” González continued.

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