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MINCETUR and Tourism Trade Give Joint Declaration Regarding US Embassy Warning of Potential Kidnapping Threat in Cusco

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San Isidro – With regards to the warnings made by the US Embassy in Peru; the Ministry of Foreign Commerce and Tourism (MINCETUR) in collaboration with the Travel Trade stakeholders from of the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR), the Peruvian Association of Adventure and Eco Tourism (APTAE), the Peruvian Association of Tour Operators (APOTUR), the Peruvian Association of Hotels and Restaurants (AHORA Peru), the Peruvian Association of Travel Agencies and Tourism (APAVIT), the Regional Tourism Chamber of Cusco (CARTUC) and the Peruvian Hotels Society (SHP), expressed today that this alert will not affect the normal development of tourism activities within Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Therefore, the Minister of Foreign Commerce and Tourism, José Luis Silva Martinot, stated that the American authorities have the right to alert their citizens regarding possible situations that might affect their personal security. Mr. Silva said these warnings do not necessarily imply the proven existence of such situations occurring within the region.

The Minister also added that the US Government has said, through their Ambassador Rose M. Likins, that tourists are not “in any way” forbidden to Travel to Cusco.

“The United States is NOT recommending no travel to Peru, they are giving recommendations to take proper precautions. This alert extends until the end of February,” stated Minister Silva.

Minister Silva stated that the MINCETUR constantly monitors any events that might affect tourism activities in the country and necessary measures are taken, if needed, according to the competencies of the Ministry.

Finally, Minister Silva stated that the National Police, works and coordinates to guarantee the safety of national and international tourists.

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2 Comments to MINCETUR and Tourism Trade Give Joint Declaration Regarding US Embassy Warning of Potential Kidnapping Threat in Cusco

  1. Myrna Hallet

    I am trying to draw attention to a horrific situation along the Altiplano, on route to Puno where herd dogs are being abandoned from higher up in the mountains and are making their way down to the roadside where they are dying, either killed by the many tour buses or from starvation. I am desperate to bring this to the attention of all who will listen and help. Please help me help these dogs. Any contact information or help, please. Respectfully, Myrna Hallet

  2. Nicole Petrak

    Hello, and thanks for writing in. We’re sorry, but we’re not in a position to research, understand and help with this situation at this time.

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