The widespread social crisis affecting Chile has had unsuspected repercussions in Peru, especially in Tacna where Chilean tourist shopping is critical. This, indicated the Peruvian newspaper Gestión, due to the drastic and abrupt decrease of national visitors to this territory. In dialogue with the foreign environment, Corrine Flores, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Tacna, said that from the side of Arica “the land terminal would be virtually closed. In addition, she added that “the social context, curfews, looting and violence would have inhibited the people of Arica to shop in Tacna.
Flores explained that the border city, being a metropolis that offers services, has been affected commercially during this last week of protests. “You go through the city and people are desperate because there are no sales for the October campaign,” said the leader.
She added that Chilean citizens “buy various items in Tacna such as printing stamps, office invoices, toilet paper, but also make use of different health services or restaurants.
98% DROP IN TOURISM
Wilfredo Espinoza, president of the Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Travel Agencies of Tacna (Now Tacna), said that the influx of Chilean tourists has fallen by 98%. He specified that “if between 20,000 and 30,000 tourists enter the heroic city every day, 90% of whom are Chileans, today the income does not exceed 500 people.
“The hotels Radisson, Casa Andina, El Dorado, DM Hoteles, which I represent, have the capacity to accommodate between 4,000 and 5,000 tourists, but currently they are empty, there are only 2% of tourists,” Espinoza explained.
“THERE IS NO PROSPECT THAT THE FLOW OF TOURISTS WILL BE RESTORED.
He also noted that, “in the short term, there is no prospect of restoring the flow of tourism and trade in Tacna. He concluded by saying that if one takes into account that the average expenditure of each tourist in Tacna is US$ 80, the economic impact on the city would be millions.
“Our city is being affected because there is no tourist movement. Tacna lives hand in hand with Arica from trade, tourism and gastronomy. The restaurants don’t have visitors, just a few local diners,” concluded Wilfredo Espinoza.