Peru’s tourism loses almost six million euros a day due to protests

September 16, 2019, A local is seen with his alpaca along the Siete Colores mountain. – JOHN MILNER / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

The Government of Peru has reported that tourism in the country is registering daily losses of 25 million soles (5.7 million euros) due to the social unrest that began on December 7, following the removal of former Peruvian President Pedro Castillo from office.

This was detailed by the Peruvian Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Luis Helguero, in the homonymous commission in the country’s Congress, where he regretted that Peru had a growth forecast in the tourism sector of 27 percent after the losses since 2020 caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to data from the ministry, an increase of seven million trips was projected for 2023, figures that predicted that by 2025 Peru would recover the tourist levels of 2019, Andina news agency reported.

Meanwhile, the country would have recorded losses in excess of 1 billion soles (240 million euros) between December 12, 2022 and January 22, 2023.

In this sense, the Lima region records daily losses of 910,000 euros, the Cuzco region, 810,000 euros; in La Libertad, 470,000 euros; in Arequipa, 290,000 euros, or in Puno, 250,000 euros.

In addition, the minister has stated that the owners of travel agencies in Lima, Cuzco, Arequipa, Puno and Tacna have reported that tourism has registered an average of 86 percent of cancellations of sales of services, such as tour packages or guided tours.