Peru’s National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) has released a statement indicating that the 48 hour strike in Cusco has caused S/. 6 million in losses to the región.
“Canatur would like to express its deep preoccupation at the 48 hour strike, which is completely political, and has paralyzed the región by blocking main roads as well as the attempt to to take by force the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport,” says the statement.
The two-day strike was organized primarily by the Cusco Departmental Workers’ Federation (FDTC). During previous strikes in the región of Cusco, protesters allowed transit to continue in order to facilitate tourist activity. However, the leaders of the current strike have refused to open the customary “tourist corridor” in order to allow travelers to circulate. Public transit has been effectively shut down by the protesters.
The strikers’ principal grievances are the continued delays of important infrastructure projects by the regional government, including the South Peruvian Gasoducto, and the Chinchero International Airport.
According to Canatur, 5,000 foreign tourists had planned to visit different sites in the Cusco región during the two days of the protest. Canatur’s statement also warns that the protest has “[irreversibly damaged]Peru’s image abroad.”Peruvian tourism authorities say that workers’ strike is causing economic damage to the city