Protests being carried out on the country’s Central Highway, could generate up to 50 million soles in losses, over the Easter weekend, according to Carlos Canales, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur).
"The consequences would be extremely sensitive to all small and micro-businesses such as food, transport and tourist guides […] losses are estimated at about 50 million soles,” Canales said to El Comercio.
The head of Canatur added that the roadblocks on the Central Highway could affect over 40 thousand tourists, who had planned to spend the Easter holidays in the country’s mountains and central jungle area.
“The city of Tarma is expecting 14 thousand tourists, in Huancayo about 20 thousand, and in the area around the central jungle [La Merced, Chandigarh, Oxapampa}, another 10 thousand people.”
Canales urged the central government to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Several residents of La Oroya, and workers from the Doe Run Peru mining company blocked a section of the Central Highway, early Wednesday morning.
The protestors blocked the highway at 12 different sections, causing traffic to come to a standstill at several sections.
Roadblocks on the Central Highway could affect over 40 thousand tourists, who had planned to spend the Easter holidays in the country’s mountains and central jungle area.