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Peru confirms progress in tourism competitiveness during UNWTO General Assembly

Photo: UNWTO

Photo: UNWTO

18:17 | Saint Petersburg (Russia), Sep. 12.

Deputy Tourism Minister Jose Vidal noted that Peru is making progress in competitiveness, infrastructure, international openness, among other fields, during his speech at the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

"The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), puts Peru in 49th place in the world ranking and among the top five Latin American countries. This is relevant information that must be taken into account," he stated.


His remarks were made at the 23rd session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held in the presence of 158 Member States and over 500 Affiliate Members with bases in more than 80 countries.

The meeting will run through September 13 in Saint Petersburg.

Vidal stressed that Peru has been reinforcing actions to guarantee the security in terms of tourism.

"The Safe Tourism strategy was implemented a few months ago to guarantee a safe travel experience and stay for visitors to Peru. This is a multisectoral effort led by Mincetur, which has yielded important results," he remarked.

Finally, Vidal said the Peruvian Government has placed special emphasis on tourism development, due to its importance in terms of foreign exchange and employment generation.

Among other activities, the minister participated in the handing over of the presidency of the UNWTO Committee on Tourism and Competitiveness, where he delivered opening remarks and underscored the work done by said committee during the 2015-2019 period, which focused on the preparation of "Tourism Policy and Strategic Planning."

This document is a practical guide for those in charge of formulating tourism policies.

The event is held on September 9-13.

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Published: 9/12/2019
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