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Peru needs more tour guides

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Earlier in the week, it was reported that Peru has a deficit of 17,000 professionals if they hope to keep up with the growth in the domestic economy in the coming years. Now, Peru’s Association of Official Tour Guides (Agrotur) is reporting that the travel industry is facing a deficit of 15,000 travel guides.

Andina news agency reports that 25,000 formal tour guides are needed in Peru, but only 10,000 are currently working. Somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000 additional unofficial tour guides currently work in the travel sector, but they may not have up-to-date training or accurate historical information that tourists desire.

According to Agrotur president Vanessa Flores, tour guides can have profitable and rewarding careers. Andina reports that guides can earn from S/. 1,500 to S/. 5,000, depending on the level of services offered.

Flores also told Andina that the industry has a lot of room to grow. “The sector pushed more people to specialize in the tour guide area, and it went from 5,000 to 10,000 professionals, but this number is insufficient if you keep in mind all the different tourist packages that Peru offers,” said Flores.

“This kind of job can be very attractive if one considers the fact that tourism in Peru is growing at a rate of more than 10% annually. In addition to the salaries, there are tips, as well as personal and professional growth,” added Flores.Peru is currently home to 10,000 formal tour guides, but will need 15,000 more to keep up with demand.

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Rachel Chase is a proud born-and-bred Minnesotan who’s moved to Lima after graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Spanish and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies. During her junior year of college, Rachel studied in Peru and loved it so much that she just had to come back. As well as being a dedicated News Editor, Rachel plays the ukulele and sings, as well as trying to devour as many books as she can.