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Peru: International tourist arrivals up 2.7% in Jan-Apr 2019

14:15 | Lima, May. 23.

The number of foreign tourists visiting Peru increased to 1,463,499 between January and April 2019, up by 2.7% or 39,064 persons compared to the same period a year earlier, Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) reported Thursday.

"In April, the most significant increases were observed in visits from Chile (up by 8.6% or 6,918 persons), United States (+5.9% or +2,892), Ecuador (+33.8% or +7,994), Colombia (+7.1% or +1,306), Bolivia (+23.4% or +2,703), and Brazil (+2.7% and +369)," Mincetur head Edgar Vasquez affirmed.

He also underscored the rise in the number of tourists arriving from "Mexico (up by 47.7% or 4,071 persons), Spain (+14.4% or +1,492), France (+12.1% or +1,160), Canada (+13% or +929), Germany (+18.2% or +1,229), the UK (+22.8% or +1,425), Italy (+14.3% or +640), and Japan (+17.3% or +565)."

According to the official, these 14 countries accounted for about 79.4% of total international arrivals in Peru.

Rise in arrivals from Pacific Alliance countries

It is worth noting that visits from Pacific Alliance member countries saw an increase of 5.5% during the first four months of the year.

This result offset the decline in tourists from the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), mainly from Venezuela (-42.5%), Argentina (-9.3%), and Brazil (-4.2%).

Visitors from Chile, Mexico, and Colombia make up 37.6% of total international arrivals.

International tourist arrivals at Jorge Chavez International Airport totaled 809,794, posting a 6.4% increase from the same period last year.

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Published: 5/23/2019
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