50% of Peruvian hotels would close this year due to the pandemic
The National Chamber of Tourism estimates that 30% of small hotels and hostels have already closed their doors due to the crisis
The tourism sector, a union in which thousands of businesses are located, is one of the most affected by the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the most affected businesses in the sector are hotels. The National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) estimates that 30% of small hotels and hostels have already closed due to the stoppage of these months.
According to Carlos Canales, president of Canatur, by the end of 2020, 50% of the hotels would close if the situation continues.
With the upcoming restart of international flights, not only the arrival of repatriated Peruvians is expected, but also the entry of people who do business in the country.
"From now until March of next year we will have that type of tourists who come for business, for missions, for work," Canales told Peru 21.
However, this would not fully reactivate hotel companies.
"We work 98% with international tourism and, as long as there is not that type of tourist, there is no business. Moreover, even if international flights arrive, that does not guarantee that people will come," said Patricio Zuconni, from Ananay Hotels.
In 2019, the occupancy of hotels in Peru was 70%, according to Canatur. This was one of the highest figures in the region.