Without further relief, Colombia will be left without a tourism industry
"We have constantly insisted to the Government on the need to receive assistance in cash flow and, above all, real measures to alleviate the number of jobs that companies are in charge of," said Paula Cortés Calle, executive president of ANATO
Tourism has been one of the economic activities that has had the greatest impact on this health emergency. Although the National Government has provided aid since the start of the crisis, more effort is required and exceptional measures are enacted to save the sector.
To the extent that confinement has been postponed, preventing air, land and maritime connectivity from being restored, the fear that the traveler may have when moving to other destinations, the economic situation of people, and the lack of the same address With regard to the measures adopted by mayors and governors of the country, a forceful action is necessary that allows Travel Agencies to subsist.
"ANATO has constantly insisted to the Government on the need to receive relief in the cash flow of the Agencies requesting long-term loans of more than 5 years, better interest rates, dead or grace periods of more than one year, exemption from the charge tax, and above all real measures to alleviate the number of jobs that tourism companies are in charge, while an industry recovery is coming. ” Paula Cortés Calle, executive president of the Association, pointed out.
According to figures from the Quarterly Survey of Travel Agencies, recently published by DANE, in March alone, when the problem was barely visible, nominal income decreased by 59.3%. This, not counting the figures that will be presented for April and May, the months most affected by the crisis.
In addition, according to ANATO calculations, based on the Annual Survey of Services from the same source, and assuming that the sector reactivates for the last quarter of the year, a decrease in income of 70% is estimated at the end of 2020. , so the Agencies would have an income of approximately 1 trillion pesos, the equivalent of what was received in 2013.
"ANATO calls on the National Government reiterating the sense of urgency in which tourism and Travel Agencies are, since this industry will be the last to reactivate and recover," concluded the union leader.