LatinNews Daily - 11 April 2022

In brief: Peru's gov’t declares state of emergency in tourism sector

* Peru’s President Pedro Castillo has declared a state of emergency in the country’s tourism sector, signing a decree “to establish sectorial measures to mitigate the grave crisis facing tourism as a result of Covid-19.” The decree states that these measures will include “financial bailout, economic support, facilitation of tourism, the provision of investment… and promotion of tourism.” The director of the association of Peruvian tourism operators (Apotur), Claudia Medina, said yesterday that Apotur is expecting international tourists to total 1.5m in 2022, compared to 4.5m before the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Medina said that tourism fell to 8% of pre-pandemic levels in 2020, doubling to 16% in 2021, and that recovering to a third of pre-pandemic levels this year is “a reasonable goal”.

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