The Peruvian government, through the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), presented the national strategy “Safe Tourism” which attempts to ensure a good travel experience and a safe stay for tourists visiting Peru.
“The ‘Safe Tourism’ strategy seeks to combat informality and insecurity in the Tourism sector. These problems can only be solved at the multisectoral level, through an articulated work between all sectors of the government, which will be promoted by the President of the Republic, Martín Vizcarra” said the head of the Mincetur, Edgar Vásquez.
He explained that "Safe Tourism" has three components: Security, Formalization and Strengthening. These will be applied gradually in the 25 regions of the country and will be aimed at consolidating the strategy at the national level with a view to the Bicentennial anniversary of Peru’s Independence.
Minister Vásquez said that this strategy also includes interventions articulated in terms of security, formalization and improvement of competitiveness in the provision of tourism services, strengthening the management of regional and local governments. Moreover, he added that the tourist will be informed about dealing with formal tourism services as a key factor to have a satisfying travel experience.
“We want tourists to feel safe in Peru and their travel experience focused on the wonders they met in our country. This will have a great positive impact on the competitiveness of Peru as a tourist destination. It is a great challenge that the public and private sector undertake in an articulated way”, he said.
This initiative seeks to reduce the percentage of informal companies in the tourism sector in order to meet the minimum standards necessary to provide a quality service and to improve prevention control, action and response to security problems in the sector.
Regarding security, the head of the Mincetur said that the operational capacity of the Tourism Police, the General Director of Captaincy and Coast Guard (DICAPI), the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP) and local governments will be increased. To this effect, a disbursement of more than S/ 20 million in total will be made for the acquisition of trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, communication equipment, boats, etc.
“This investment will reinforce the Tourism Police with approximately 75 trucks, 55 motorcycles, 10 ATVs and some more communication equipment. Meanwhile, DICAPI will be equipped with eight boats and a checkpoint in Loreto and two boats and equipment for control and surveillance in Madre de Dios”, he set as an example.
He also commented that, through the “Safe Tourism” strategy, a High Level Tourism Security Executive Committee will be established while the Regional Tourism Protection Networks will be reactivated and strengthened.
In the medium term, at the level of formalization, Minister Vásquez said that the sectorial regulatory framework will be updated, tourism service providers will be trained and regional and local governments will be supported to strengthen their oversight capacity.
“Support will also be provided in the implementation of good management practices by regional governments; the development of joint operations with other entities in each region. Complaint processes will be facilitated for aggrieved tourists and legal mechanisms will be implemented for the application of effective sanctions at the level of regional and local governments”, he explained.
The “Safe Tourism” strategy is the result of an articulated work between the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism and the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Production, Ministry of Health and the Public Ministry. There is also participation by private sector associations which include lodging establishments, restaurants, tour guides and travel and tourism agencies.
A recent study on tourism formality revealed that there is 55% of tourist informality in the Cusco region while 75% in Arequipa.
On Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, 2019, the Latin American embassies in Thailand (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Panama and Peru) held the "Latin American Night" event at the "Prince Mahidol” Auditorium, Mahidol University.
On this occasion, performers were the Argentinean pianist Alexander Panizza, who was accompanied by the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Brazilian conductor Ligia Amadio, both were guests of honor.
"Latin American Night" is a cultural-musical event that has been held for several years with the support of the prestigious College of Music of Mahidol University. Also, in the auditorium, all the embassies have a space for the promotion of their respective countries. After the concert, the embassies participant offered a reception for the guests. Peru provided "Pisco Sour", national drink for the enjoyment of attendees.
Bangkok, July 6, 2019
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From June 5 to 8, 2019, a Peruvian food and Pisco Festival was held at the "The Athenee" hotel in Bangkok, featuring a special were prepared by the Peruvian chef, Jaime Arbulú.
The event was organized by the Peruvian Embassy in Thailand, in collaboration with the Commercial Office of Peru in Jakarta, with the aim of promoting Peruvian gastronomy, Peruvian agro-export products, and Pisco.
Chef Jaime Arbulú, who has won multiple awards inside and outside of Peru, presented a sample of Peruvian flavors, under his “Biodiversity” menu highlighting various varieties of classic fish ceviche, stuffed avocado, tender lamb stewed in coriander , Peruvian fish chowder, duck and coriander rice, potatoes with creamy and spicy “Huancaína” sauce, stuffed potatoes with rice and salad, chaufa fried rice, Peruvian beef stir fry with french fries, seafood in picante sauce, Limeña’s sweet sight dessert, etc.
During the activity,
around 500 people could taste Peruvian food and different cocktails made of Pisco. Representatives
of the Hotel The Athenee pointed out that the festival was a great success and
expressed their interest in holding new events of this nature in the future.
The Ministry of Commerce of Thailand and the Embassies of Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico accredited in Bangkok, held today a seminar on “Trade and Investment Opportunities in the Pacific Alliance”.
The event was inaugurated by the Deputy Director General of the Department of International Trade Promotion of the aforementioned Ministry and by the Ambassador of Peru, in his capacity as representative of the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Pacific Alliance. Around 200 people participated, including public officials, representatives of trade unions and Thai businessmen.
In his remark welcome, the Ambassador of Peru highlighted the progress made by this integration mechanism in its first eight years of existence and under the Peruvian Pro Tempore Presidency in the last year. He also highlighted the special relevance of the integration process in the midst of global protectionist tendencies and raised the importance of working together with ASEAN within the framework of the PA-ASEAN Work Plan 2017-2019.
For its part, the Ambassador of Thailand in Peru presented the characteristics of the Peruvian market, highlighting the sectors in which Thai companies could be competitively inserted. Afterward, officials from the embassies of Peru and Mexico and the commercial offices of Chile and Colombia, presented in detail the indicators of the PA and the commercial and investment opportunities that this integrated market offers to Thai companies, particularly those that look for mutually beneficial insertion in value chains.
On the occasion of this seminar, the Embassy of Peru also made an exhibition of promotional material, books, and directories for consultation on exportable offer and investment projects, and leaflets were distributed to promote tourism, “Superfoods” and Pisco.