Peru's capital city of Lima has been chosen as one of the best cities in the world to visit in 2020, The New York Times has remarked.
Through its web portal
, the prestigious U.S. newspaper has placed Lima in the 36th spot among the 52 best places to be visited by tourists from all over the world drawn by its gastronomy, architecture, as well as entertainment places.
According to The New York Times, Lima —a city hosting celebrity chefs and extravagant plates of extraordinary food— is arguably the culinary epicenter of South America.
"But those who give the place a chance are rewarded not only with world-class dining, but also with a rich historic and cultural capital filled with picture-perfect squares like Plaza Mayor, museums filled with ancient treasure like Museo Larco
and artisan-dotted mansions like Dédalo Arte y Artesania," The New York Times stressed.
In this regard, PromPeru
Executive-President Luis Torres said that in order for Peru's attractions to remain as interesting for foreign tourists, vigorous international promotion campaigns must be carried out.
"Tourism is one of the main economic activities in our country and benefits a wide productive chain. Therefore, this recognition by The New York Times should fill all Peruvians with pride," the PromPeru official stated.
The United States is Peru's second-largest tourist source market. However, it brings most of the tourism-related income to the nation.
In 2018, the Inca country received 641,280 U.S. tourists, which meant a 7.1% increase over 2017. Their arrivals accounted for 15% of the total foreign visits registered that year.
Between January and November 2019, a total of 598,545 tourists arrived from the North American country, which represented an increase of 3% over the same period in 2018.
The average expense stands at US$1,445 and leads to revenue worth US$769 million.