Chile reports recovery of tourism during the end of 2020

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Chile reports recovery of tourism during the end of 2020
Mon January 04, 2021

According to the National Institute of Statistics, the occupation has increased during September, October and November


The National Institute of Statistics (INE), released the Employment Bulletin in Tourism Characteristic Activities (ACT), for the moving quarter September-October-November 2020.

According to the report issued by the statistical agency in the period of analysis, the number of workers employed by the ACTs was estimated at 418,376 people, a figure that represents a drop of 36.2% in 12 months. It should be noted that in the immediately preceding moving quarter (August, September and October) the decrease was 38.0%, so that in the current quarter an improvement of 1.9 percentage points (pp.) Is observed, that is, 6,056 more employed.

Currently, the ACTs, which include 'Accommodation and food service', 'Tourist transport', 'Sports, recreational and cultural activities' and 'Other tourist activities' of the National Employment Survey (ENE) represent 5.3% of the total number of employed persons in the national economy. 

In this regard, the undersecretary of Tourism, José Luis Uriarte, pointed out that “obviously, the figure is still very far from what we all would like. However, there is an improvement compared to the previous moving quarter, which is good news ”, the authority added that it is necessary to remember that“ the activation of tourism represents an opportunity both for those who work in this sector and for those who are related to the different links in its production chain. To function, the tourism industry needs much more than a hostel, a campsite or a travel agency; It also needs a cafeteria or restaurant where tourists can go to eat; It needs a greengrocer and a farmer to supply it so that there are fruits and vegetables in those places; it needs fuel to transport those inputs and the tourists themselves; in short, it needs much more than a place to visit ”.

For her part, Andrea Wolleter, national director of Sernatur, highlighted the work carried out by tourism providers this year. “We have witnessed how the sector has prepared and complies with the health protocols and good practice guides that allow them to operate in the different phases of the Step-by-Step Plan, and we value this effort because compliance with these measures will allow us to return to find us and reactivate our industry. Our invitation is to maintain the joint work that we have developed to return to being an economic sector that generates employment and contributes to the development of the country's territories. At this time, the most important thing is to protect people's health and minimize the risks of contagion so that, when sanitary conditions are present,

By sex, the report details that 39.1% of those employed in the Characteristic Activities of Tourism or ACT are women (163,520) and 60.9% are men (254,855).

Regarding the regional breakdown of those employed in the ACTs, it is observed that the regions that fell the least in 12 months were Ñuble, Tarapacá and Metropolitana. On the contrary, those that fell the most compared to the same period of the previous year were Valparaíso, Atacama and La Araucanía.

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