The plenary session of the Congress of the Republic approved this Thursday, September 22, the opinion of the bill that proposes to establish normative provisions to regulate the sustainable development of community tourism in the country. In total there were 85 votes in favor, one against and no abstentions.
“Community tourism is understood as all tourist activity that is developed from the territorial and intellectual perspective of the communities with a tourist vocation and active participation and/or leadership of the population, carried out under a community-based management model that provides the services that it entails: accommodation, intermediation, food, transfer, information, assistance or any other related to tourism”, said the congressman and president of the Foreign Trade and Tourism Commission, Edgar Tello Montes (BMCN).
Likewise, the rule states that both the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur)such as local or regional governments and public entities linked to the sustainable development of the community tourism, they may establish benefits and incentives for community-based organizations and their productive units and entrepreneurs that comprise them.
Along these lines, Diana Gonzales, congresswoman Avanza País and president of the Decentralization Commission, indicated that the opinion approved by her commission coincides with the proposal of the Foreign Trade Commission because it promotes said economic activity. “Peru does not have a community tourism law,” reaffirmed the president.
For his part, Alejandro Soto Reyes, parliamentarian of APP, pointed out that these are rural communities in the interior of the country that receive national and foreign tourists who travel to learn more about their experiences and their day-to-day work.
“But this community tourism does not have a regulation that governs this tourist activity in the country and that is why it has the favorable opinion of Mincetur, which is in favor of having a registry of communities that do community tourism,” he said.
Finally, the AP congressman, Jorge Flores, reported that the proposal will constitute an articulated instrument to lay new foundations for the development of community tourism in the country.