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Cusco about to lose S/2.5 million a day due to unemployment again

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Unscathed, the strike announced in Machu Picchu for November 28 continues its course, and now the request of the tourism unions is added to avoid the purchase of packages to the Cusco sanctuary dated from January 1.

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According to the Peruvian Association of Receptive and Internal Tourism Operators (Apotur), the Ministry of Culture has not started selling tickets for the 2023 season, so any program offered for those dates could be frustrated due to “the high demand and the limited capacity of access to the citadel”.

This situation, added to the mobilization of workers from the Decentralized Directorate of Culture (DDC) against the collection in Lima of the resources generated by Machu Picchu, sets off all the alarms for the Cusco Chamber of Commerce, which also denounces the commission of “blackmail” the tourists who come to Aguas Calientes these days.

“The local authorities indicated that the sale of tickets in Machu Picchu town should be done one day before. With this, the visitors have to stay one extra night in Aguas Calientes, and that is practically forcing them”, says John Santos González, president of the Cusco union.

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Santos explains that every time the region paralyzes, S/2.5 million per day is lost, taking into account that each tourist spends between S/500 and S/600 per day. The number of daily visitors to Machu Picchu exceeds 2,000 people, and the difference in income is covered by visitors who go to other attractions on the circuit.

The operators are now waiting for the meeting called by Mincetur for Tuesday the 29th – one day after the strike – with the hope of ending the siege in the sanctuary.

The key

Circuit. In addition to Machu Picchu, the strike in Cusco will reach other destinations administered by the Ministry of Culture, such as Sacsayhuamán, Pisac, Pucapucara, Tambomachay, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo.

Source: Larepublica

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