The attacks on airports, businesses and public entities that have been observed in several cities in the country in recent days have caused nearly 1.8 million people nationwide to stop their tourist activities or travel plans. According to the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), the vast majority of travelers have preferred to postpone their trips until they are more certain of how the protests will evolve.
“There is an average of 1.8 million tourists who are no longer doing tourist activities in Peru,” he explained to Peru21 the general manager of Canatur, Carlos Loayza, adding that this leads to an estimate of approximately “450 thousand agents or operators linked to tourism that have seen their activities affected.”
The critical situation that tourism is going through has also led businesses to have losses that the union estimates at S/500 million per week due to ungenerated sales or unfulfilled services.
For Loayza, this situation will be difficult to change in time for the remainder of the year.
“Tourism, unlike other activities, is heavily influenced by trust based on the security that tourists have to visit certain spaces (…). Reversing this is something that will require a lot of effort and that will not be seen immediately, ”he assured.
Keep in mind
90% of tourism companies have 10 or fewer workers. Loayza proposes that the government provide solutions to those who have problems paying Reactiva Peru as a result of the protests.