What is the hardest hit sector, which has not yet recovered from the pandemic?
Tourism has not yet recovered. During the pandemic there were 140 thousand inactive restaurants. Arequipa’s gastronomy has recovered almost 100% due to the issue of capacity, but travel agencies are still in trouble. In addition, we are concerned that most of the small businesses that have closed in the pandemic were from that sector.
What factors prevent tourism from rebounding?
Attempts have been made to reactivate tourist routes, but the big problem is political instability. At the time when they wanted to return to normality, the strikes and roadblocks have hit again. It is the product of the government’s inability to quickly resolve problems.
In other countries it has been recommended not to come to Peru…
Yes, citizen insecurity is the first critical problem after corruption. Unfortunately we do not have capable people who focus on solving the problem of insecurity. In this case, Meritocracy has not been maintained in the Police and the latest changes in the government have generated disorder and lack of credibility in our authorities.
How many jobs have been lost due to this unresolved crisis?
In Arequipa there are around 2 thousand formal jobs in the tourism sector. The government must work to attack those problems. If we don’t reactivate the economy and create jobs and increase income, more people will have to commit crimes. Though lack of employment does not justify the crimebut it is an undeniable reality.