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Peruâ€™s commitment to fight crime to impact positively on tourism
Tourists visiting Cusco (Photo: Andina/Percy Hurtado)
August 10, 2011
Plans to combat crime, by the government of President Ollanta Humala, would be favorable to the tourism sector, according the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur).
In his Message to the Nation, the President stated he would personally lead the National Council for Public Safety (Conasec), while the Ministry of Finance (MEF) announced the approval of special resources to lead the fight against crime in the country.
Head of Canatur, Carlos Canales, recalled that due to crimes committed against some tourists, some countries have recommended their citizens to avoid visiting Peru during certain seasons.
"We must take the bull by the horns, because the security situation cannot continue any further, it’s affecting not only Peru but also visitors from other places," he told Andina news agency.
Canales said he looked forward to meeting with Interior Minister, Oscar Valdés, and Foreign Trade and Tourism, Jose Luis Silva, next week.
He stated his main proposal was the creation of the Tourist Security Assistance, by strengthening the National Tourism Police.
He said the plan includes the creation of five tourism corridors, all starting from the Jorge Chavez International Airport and toward the Historic Center of Lima, as well as to the districts of Miraflores, San Isidro, Barranco and San Miguel.
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