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Dakar 2018: Peru anticipates over US$350 million impact on its economy

Ministro de Comercio Exterior, Eduardo Ferreyros durante la presentación en Francia del Rally Dakar 2018. AFP

Ministro de Comercio Exterior, Eduardo Ferreyros durante la presentación en Francia del Rally Dakar 2018. AFP

11:57 | Paris (France), Nov. 22.

Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Eduardo Ferreyros said hosting the Dakar 2018 in Peru translates into an impact of more than US$350 million.

Likewise, he said the event provides an ideal platform to showcase the country's brand image to 190 million spectators.

"[…] showcasing the country's image as a tourist destination is essential. The whole world is going to be looking at us," Ferreyros underlined.

The route "meets the requirements, as it protects the country's heritage and respects its protected areas." Plus, it was designated after serious efforts between Dakar and the Government.

"In 2018, Peru will join the World Cup tournament. In 2019, the country will host the Pan American Games. The Pope is also coming next January. Peru is going to be in the spotlight," he was quoted as saying.

Taking precautions 

On the other hand, Ferreyros assured preventive measures are being taken to deal with adverse weather conditions, mainly heavy rains. Although he admitted there is no evidence of a future weather-related problem in this regard.

"It's been a tough year, with rains, particularly in northern Peru. Precautions are being taken in case further rains come. However, they are expected to be light," he explained following the announcement of Dakar 2018 official route in Paris.

(END) AFP/RGP/RMB/MVB

Publicado: 22/11/2017
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