Cultures reported losses of more than $ US 3 million in tourism by blocking Achacachi
MCYT, Monday 11 of September 2017.- News conference, Wilma Alanoca Mamani, Minister of Culture and Tourism, He said Monday that the town of Copacabana loses more than 3 millions of dollars, after 18 day blockade of the inhabitants of Achacachi.
"According to the Vice Ministry of Tourism we have a loss of more than 3 millions of dollars. That should not happen. It is not only economic damage but damage to the tourism image of our country and this whole lake region ", he pointed.
Achacachi this group has a specific problem in their municipality that affects the whole region. "I want to appeal to the brothers of Achacachi that are now blocking a highly commercial tourist destination such as Copacabana. Son 18 days", She urged.
In late August, the Alanoca minister said the lake region, It comprising the surrounding towns of Lake Titicaca La Paz department, lost 800.000 dollars for seven days of blockades and demonstrations caused by conflict in the municipality of Achacachi.
"Local demand affects the entire region of Lake Titicaca, damages the image as a tourist destination and tourists away. In seven days there is a loss 800.000 Dollars. Not only figures, are tour operators, services, food and transportation; and affect the entire lake region that relies on tourism. People are trying to get more resources with community tourism, but now this is paralyzed. Copacabana is one of the most important tourist destinations in La Paz and damage passing day becomes bigger ", alerted.
The former mayor of Copacabana and hostel owner "Casa del Sol", Samuel Rubin de Celis, ANF told the roadblocks caused incalculable economic losses in the hotel sector, gastronomic, trade crafts, transportation and other tourism services.
"Declines in our tourist services are very noticeable on the previous month and this is causing considerable concern in the neighborhood of Copacabana, living almost exclusively from tourism, in that sense (for example) in my case 100 percent of guests who usually had at the hostel, I am now only with the 20 percent ", lament.