08/01/2021 4:58 pm
It seems like was a very long time that Short trips, long trips, to provinces or regions within the country, or abroad; some Peruvians were always ready to take time out of their activities and enjoy new destinations. In addition, you could always see a foreigner in Peru enjoying the country. but, the coronavirus pandemic slowed the possibilities of 2020.
What expectations does the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) have for this new year?
The minister of the sector, Claudia Cornejo, pointed out that for 2021 the arrival of 1.22 million international tourists to the country is projected. A recovery compared to 2020, but still well below the result of 2019 (4.37 million). “We will return to precovid figures by 2023 or 2024. It will be a sustained recovery, but it will take a while,” she said during her presentation at the Foreign Trade Commission of Congress.
In addition, the flow of internal tourism trips will be located at 21.7 million, less than half of those registered in the year prior to the coronavirus pandemic. This reduction in travelers compared to 2019 will be reflected in a lower income of foreign currency from inbound tourism and an impact on economic income from domestic tourism
The head of the sector hopes that by July a more pronounced recovery in international tourism can be seen. However, it must be remembered that currently the Government of Peru extended the suspension until January 20 of flights from Europe; The decision aims to reduce the risks of contagion that could be caused by the entry of people infected with the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 on the European continent.
In the case of the reactivation of national tourism, a greater flow of trips is expected between the second and third quarters of this year. This subject to possible quarantines focused on regions in the midst of a regrowth in the country. Even so, for the last quarter of this year, the economic movement for domestic tourism is expected to amount to US $ 818 million, still far from pre-COVID levels, but it is an improvement compared to the start of the resumption of domestic travel.