Proinversión reported that the implementation and start-up of the project ‘Improvement of public tourist services of the Choquequirao archaeological park’ will encourage the arrival of more than 1.2 million tourists per year to the place. Today only 8,000 people visit it annually.
The demand from these visitors will boost the tourism industry and related activities for the benefit of citizens. According to estimates from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), once the entire Choquequirao project is completed and after 20 years of operation, It is estimated to achieve a positive economic impact for the local population and the regions of Cusco and Apurimac of S/4.3 billion.
The greater flow of tourists will demand the services of new hotels and gastronomy, travel agencies, restaurants, a greater number of guides, a greater number of buses, taxis, sprinters, etc.
Likewise, they will require a greater amount of food (such as avocados, corn, dairy products, meats and more of local origin), drinks, native potato snacks, among others; that the farmers of Cusco and Apurímac, as well as the rest of the country, will be sued; which will generate more direct and indirect jobs in these regions.
What does the Choquequirao project consist of?
The project Choquequirao It contemplates multiple works, such as improving access for walking, viewpoints, construction of checkpoints, mule driver centers, rest stations and toilet services and signage; in addition to the cable car infrastructure, made up of two departure and arrival stations, and two intermediate ones. This considers the investment in conservation work of the archaeological park.
In this way, facilities will be provided for the development of cultural, adventure and nature tourism, as well as the adequate conservation of the monument, which will lead to generating an interesting tourist demand. At the moment, Tourists who want to visit Choquequirao must have five days to do so.
More than US$200 million will be invested in all these interventions (with VAT) —the most important investment in tourism in the history of Peru—, which will create thousands of jobs and the reactivation of the local and regional economy.
According to initial data, some 250,000 jobs will be created as a result of the increase in tourism demand in the regional and national economy.
“With the cable car project, the archaeological monument of Choquequirao will become a world-class tourist destination.”integrating and strengthening the southern Peruvian tourist corridor with the incorporation of Choquequirao and improving the comfort and safety of national and foreign tourists during their visit to the south of the country,” highlighted José Salardi, executive director of Proinversión.
It is worth mentioning that the project is currently in the stage of preparing the evaluation report, within the National System for the Promotion of Private Investment.
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