Lan Peru Indecopi investigated by discriminatory tariffs
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Creado el 18/11/2009 - 13:40 Created 18/11/2009 - 13:40
Foinquinos Congressman Jorge Mera, Parliamentary Alliance spokesman said the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection (INDECOPI), has initiated an ex officio investigation of alleged unequal treatment and discrimination suffered by Foreign tourists in the application of fares and air tickets by Lan Peru.
Foinquinos Mera, said that foreign tourists visiting our country can not afford fares of Lan Peru because they are reserved exclusively for residents of our country, as is reflected in their website.
This referred the senator, is an act of discrimination to the foreign consumer, directly harming tourism, as with these high costs on airline tickets they can not travel through other areas of our country.
Foinquinos said, according to the report issued by the Technical Secretary of the Committee on Consumer Protection INDECOPI Aldana Edwin Ramos, if found responsible on these facts, Lan Peru could be subject to an administrative penalty ranging from a reprimand, to a fine of 300 tax units, ie about a million nuevo Soles.
I hope that this restriction by Lan Peru to foreign tourists is lifted, because instead of promoting tourism in our country, it hurts it, as it strikes the various tourism related activities, preventing economic growth and social development of our country, pointed Foinquinos.
jude wrote:...but not so great for people who work in the hospitality industry, as tourists will simply cut back on their spending on hotels, restaurants, tours, etc.
Alan wrote:And once on this slippery slope, what is to stop hotels from applying the same surcharges, then restaurants, interprovincial busses... the list goes on.
Alan wrote:Peru would become a pariah for tourists, and deservedly so.
Craig wrote:Of course, for economics to operate and self-interest to motivate people the government must butt out and not screw things up by meddling.
Alan wrote:Craig wrote:Of course, for economics to operate and self-interest to motivate people the government must butt out and not screw things up by meddling.
Let me ask you this, though: what about cases where businesses, for self-interest, discriminate based on race, class, or gender?
Alan wrote:Take, for example, a nightclub in Lima that limits access to white skinned people only via a discriminatory pricing policy...
As to the idea that discrimination can be in anyone's self-interest: I disagree. You can find a quite accessible discussion of this issue in Thomas Sowell's Basic Economics (2004, Revised and Expanded Edition, P151-155).
Of course, the fact that discrimination is against their self-interest will not keep people from doing it.
Craig wrote:As to the idea that discrimination can be in anyone's self-interest: I disagree. You can find a quite accessible discussion of this issue in Thomas Sowell's Basic Economics (2004, Revised and Expanded Edition, P151-155).
Alan wrote:To wait for a "long run" for this to hopefully even out seems like a pretty cruel stretch of time for the people who are the daily victims of these practices.
Alan wrote:Besides, and I apologize for my frankness, but who can say with any degree of certainty that this perfect worlds of respect and individual rights is any less of an unreachable illusion as a world of perfectly socialist behavior?
tomsax wrote:I think discrimination will always exist, unfortunately, but I think laws do have a place in protecting people from its most harsh consequences. If business people are supportive of this it is perhaps because they know that expecting discrimination to disappear without it is just wishful thinking.
Alan wrote: looking around, I see people benefiting economically from discriminatory practices all the time
Ron wrote:Other countries already have dual pricing in effect at hotels ect...
mahou123 wrote:These include practically everyone in the so called ´first world´. By restricting and controlling movement of people across borders, developed nations artificially create an environment in which wages are higher, social security is adecuate and businesses are more profitable for the people who already found themselves inside those countries, thus benefitting them. If ´first world´ countries didn´t do that, they would be similar to modern day Peru, Mexico, Indonesia or someplace similar to those.
mahou123 wrote:Talking about ´discrimination of tourists´. If Peru did exactly the same to foreign tourists, as ´first world´ countries are doing to Peruvian tourists, the following would happen:
Many people on this forum would be rounded up and sent to detention centre for illegals, then to be heavily fined and deported. Some would manage to get ´refugee´ status or somehow legalise themselves after few years of applying.
mahou123 wrote:People from certain countries, probably USA and Canada, would be required to submit additional evidence with their visa applications to satisfy Peruvian authorities that they wouldn´t want to remain in Peru when their visa is expired. This is because citizens of those countries are the top Peruvian visa overstayers according to statistics.
I an not sure if you are trying to draw the analogy between "bouncers" at the border, and bouncers at a bar, but it is certainly food for thought... letting the "right" ones in, keeping the "wrong" ones out. It`s important to add though that keeping illegals out of the first world isn`t usually based on race, but rather on nationality, lack of funds, skills, etc.
Alan wrote: tourists in Peru rarely have the intention of living here the rest of their lives; and if they do, they find a way to become legal. Most of the tourist overstayers that I know will stretch their stay and go back home in a year or two. While here, they spend all their money, max out their credit cards, and work as English teachers.