Executive Branch approves extraordinary measures to reactivate tourism companies

The Government of President Pedro Castillo has approved a set of extraordinary measures so as to finance actions that allow the reactivation of the tourism sector nationwide.

According to the regulation published Saturday in the Official Gazette El Peruano, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) is empowered to develop actions aimed at reactivating and boosting the tourist guide activity, which is affected by the adverse national and international context —outcome of the continuous spread of COVID-19.

Because of the appearance of new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Peru, there is a greater ease of transmission. Thus, the situation of tourist guides’ activities worsens.

Despite the effort that the State has been making —concerning the increase in the number of people vaccinated against COVID-19— the probability of a third wave makes the Government adopt actions aimed at countering the pandemic’s negative impacts.

Given this situation, “it is necessary to dictate extraordinary measures, in economic and financial matters, that allow (the Government) to continue with the reactivation and promotion of tourism sector activities,” the regulation reads.

In this sense, the aforementioned portfolio is authorized to grant competitive subsidies in favor of tourist guides inscribed on the National Registry of Official Tourism Guides and licensees registered at the ministry.

In addition, the publication of the strategy to reactivate and boost tourism “Guiding tourism to reactivation” is established within 10 working days. It establishes the conditions for the granting of competitive subsidies.

In parallel, the transfer of S/32 million (about US$ 8 million) in favor of Mincetur is authorized, which will allow financing the aforementioned subsidies.

“The head of the ministry is responsible for its proper implementation, as well as the use and destination of the committed resources,” the document affirmed.

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