Foreword editor THT May edition

Words of concern

I believe we have delivered another great edition of The Huaraz Telegraph. Some have asked me this week where I have the paper printed. We print The Huaraz Telegraph in Lima because in Huaraz the professional printers aren’t capable of delivering the standards and the quality we strive for at The Huaraz Telegraph. Next time you´re on the main street, spend fifty cents on El Diario Ya or some of the other available newspapers and compare them to The Huaraz Telegraph. Since the first edition of 2013 came out we have been overwhelmed with compliments. Thanks to you all for that, but we are still looking for people that can help us make the paper better. More people would mean more shared knowledge, and that should translate into more efficiency. The edition you´re reading now wasn’t even finished before we started working on the next one. This shows our level of enthusiasm.

Last year The Huaraz Telegraph was criticized for concentrating on the darker side of life, and not focusing on promoting tourism. In this edition you will find two short stories of unfortunate tourists that were mugged, and I suspect that those same criticasters will use this as an excuse, blaming us for trying to scare people away from Huaraz. Last year some said: ¨If tourists in Trujillo or Lima read that Huaraz is getting more dangerous, they will avoid Huaraz.¨ This view is very shortsighted and in many cases not true. Should we hide the truth? Should we choose between not publishing the facts and maybe changing the facts? Is it The Huaraz Telegraph´s fault that people get robbed? Is it our fault tourism is falling year after year?

Our function is to inform, to entertain and to question, and it´s a fact that The Huaraz Telegraph would flourish even more if there were more tourists because this would mean they spend their money in the city so infrastructure can be improved. Huaraz has its problems, and if you just read Patrick´s point of view on page ten, you will understand that those problems have existed for years, and that little has been done to try to solve them. It will take many years and lots of hard work to solve these problems, and I personally don’t believe that this newspaper influences people’s decisions to come to Huaraz or not. I believe that the paper provides them with a better understanding of what is going on in the city, and this is an advantage rather than a disadvantage.

The main item in our May edition is the outcome of a survey we did among 14 randomly selected tour agencies. The conclusion is that most agencies do not inform their clients about possible risks such as altitude problems etc. More concerning is the fact that similar treks are classified differently by the agencies. An easy hike for one agency is a demanding or difficult trek for another one. There is no standard scale in Huaraz which is of great concern. I am pretty sure I will get my butt kicked by some of those agencies, but they should not focus their attention on The Huaraz Telegraph, they should make sure tourists are given the correct information and are well-served.

Rex Broekman

Editor and founder of The Huaraz Telegraph

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