Peru: Cajamarca lost 77 million soles over Conga protests

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The impact of the Conga mining protests is still being felt in Cajamarca.

According to a study carried out by Cajamarca’s Chamber of Commerce, quoted in Peru21, the protests have caused 77 million soles in losses in the region, and have hit the local tourism industry particularly hard.

The region’s tourism industry was the most affected by the strike, and saw a sharp decline in visitors.

During the strike, Cajamarca hotels only had a 10 percent occupancy rate, Peru21 said.

Since June, the region has received about 1 percent of the country’s tourists. Furthermore, about 8,000 jobs have been lost in the region.

>Last month Cajamarca’s tourism authorities said they were aiming to turn the region into >a major destination for adventure sports in 2013. Authorities said they were aiming to promote water sport activities and marathons, as well as motocross and skateboard competitions.

"The idea is that Cajamarca is seen and positioned as an important place for the development of sport, we have the geographical advantages and facilities," said Luis Reyna, head of the Cajamarca Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Committee.

According to a study carried out by Cajamarca’s Chamber of Commerce, quoted in Peru21, the protests have caused 77 million soles in losses in the region.

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