This week, immediately after Manuel Merino was sworn in as the new President of the Latin American country, the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) of Peru issued a statement.
The organisation urged the reactivation of various sectors, including casinos and slot machines, and requested that the State decide on certain measures pending Congressional review in order to plan and carry out campaigns for the next few years.
Furthermore, according to Portal de Turismo, the organisation has stated that the new President is aware of the need to take sectoral decisions, since it has not been able to operate in the past eight months.
Canatur said: “We must complete phase 4 and reactivate the subsections of congresses, business fairs, casinos and slot machines quickly and safely in order to avoid more job losses, closure and bankruptcy.”
The Chamber also called for the development of a new law aimed at changing the current situation of the tourism industry, with the goal of raising more revenue through new taxes, creating more jobs and transforming the financial situation in order to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
According to Canatur data shared by Parliamentarian Mario Francisco Zúñiga Martinez in the panel “Tourism in crisis in pandemic times” and shared by Radio Nacional, “650k jobs were lost in the tourism sector due to the pandemic, and around 50k companies, including hotels, restaurants and travel agencies, were seriously affected”.
While in the last week of September, the protocol to reactivate gambling operations in Peru received the green light, casinos still do not have an exact date when they will be able to operate again. Once they obtain approval, they will only be able to open with a capacity of 50 percent.