Tourism Natural Protected Areas yielded US$720 million in 2017
In 2017, the Natural Protected Areas in Peru yielded an income of around US$720 million (S/2.340 billion). Tourist services were provided by 36,000 people working in the tourism industry in these regions.
With the help of Andes Amazon Fund, the Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) published a study dealing with the local economic impact of tourism in Natural Protected Areas in Peru.
Calculating the direct income of tourism in these areas, the Fund included income from tours, food, and related services, but subsequent investment returns were not considered.
According to Gabriel Quijandria, former Deputy Environment Minister and CSF Northern Andes-Amazon Director, a fifth of the income, around US$165 million (around S/536 million), forms the direct income to households and wages. This is an appropriate amount of money since the communities face a shortfall of public services as well as health and education services.
For the study, more than 1,000 tourists, local businesses as well as workers at Machu Picchu, the Nor Yauyos Cochas Landscape Reserve, the National Reserves of Tambopata, Paracas, and Pacaya Samiria and the Regional Conservation Area of Ausangate were asked to respond to surveys.
Amongst the mentioned Natural Protected Areas, Machu Picchu is not just the most visited area, but also the most profitable one. However, other areas like Lake Titicaca, Tambopata, Paracas, and Huascaran become more important.