On November 28, the union of workers of the Decentralized Directorate of Tourism of Cusco, which administers Macchu Picchu, will initiate an indefinite strike, informed the president of the Peruvian Association of Receptive and Internal Tourism Operators, Enrique Quiñones. They ask that the rule that transfers the economic income generated by this destination and others to the public treasury be repealed.
The Apotur representative specified that this could mean losses of up to US$2 million per day if the impact on other attractions is taken into account. In addition, he questioned that tickets to visit the wonder of the world in 2023 are not being sold.
“Minister Betssy Chávez, who was the one who authorized the controller strike, is now closing the entrances to boycott the sector,” he said.
On the other hand, yesterday and today, various organizations in Cusco carried out a stoppage, among other things, to request the implementation of the second agrarian reform and because of the high cost of fuel. The concessionaire Ferrocarril Trasandino and PeruRail reported the suspension of operations to Machu Picchu due to this situation.
The general director of Casa Andina, Juan Stoessel, explained that the losses can add up to around US$1 million. “Money is the least of the problems, but the image has a multiplying effect,” he explained.
To this is added, he specified, the “corruption in the sale of tickets” for the citadel that occurs in Machu Picchu Pueblo, which has generated “a street market.” “This government has fired or relocated capable people from the Ministry of Culture. They are sinking tourism,” he added.
Enrique Quiñones questioned that Minister Roberto Sánchez highlights the entry of 1.9 million tourists, when “it is not even half of 2019”.
“The government does absolutely nothing to protect Peru. The ministers do not know how the sector works”, he added.