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Over 3.2 million tourists visited Peru last year

LIMA PERÚ, SETIEMBRE 27. En el día del turismo, el Ministerio de Comercio Exterior y Turismo, recibe con música y bailes a turistas en el aeropuerto internacional Jorge Chavez. Foto: ANDINA/Melina Mejia

08:25 | Lima, Sep. 22.

Last year, Peru received more than 3.2 million overseas tourists, who brought in more than US$3.83 billion in revenues for the country, and cross-border tourism accounted for 48% of the total, Peru Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) informed.

Mincetur’s head Magali Silva pointed out that a total of 1,536,000 cross-border travelers were welcomed in 2014.

In this case, she noted the importance of the Pacific Alliance bloc as a source of tourists for Peru.

“Chile stands out in this group, given that about 800,000 tourists from our neighboring nation to the south were recorded last year,” she said.

The entrance of travelers from countries making up the Pacific Alliance (Colombia, Chile and Mexico, besides Peru) accounted for 35% of the total international tourists who visited the country last year.

Silva estimates the flow of foreign tourists to Peru will amount to 4 million by the end of next year.

“Peru has grown steadily; I remember celebrating the achievement of one million tourists’ arrival a few years ago, and by the end of this year we will have received 3.5 million,” she commented.

She went on to add that tourism currently provides with one million jobs across the country.

(END) SDD/JJN/RMB/MVB

Published: 9/22/2015
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