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Peru: Over 1.8 million tourists to visit natural protected areas in 2016

LIMA,PERÚ-FEBRERO 10.Huaraz,ciudad de Yungay,cementerio y Laguna Llanganuco ó Chinancocha.Foto:ANDINA/Héctor Vinces.

LIMA,PERÚ-FEBRERO 10.Huaraz,ciudad de Yungay,cementerio y Laguna Llanganuco ó Chinancocha.Foto:ANDINA/Héctor Vinces.

13:48 | Lima, Jun. 2.

Peru's well-preserved natural protected areas have enabled the country to exceed expectations on sustainable tourism, the State-run National Service of Natural Protected Areas (Sernanp) announced.

At the beginning of the year, 2016's goal stood at 600,000 visitors. Following considerations, the figure was increased to 1,800,000.

In this sense, Sernanp Head Pedro Gamboa affirmed that tourism growth "is due to" the strategy implemented nationwide.

It "is the result of proper conservation management and basic, as well as infrastructure services enhancement witnessed across the areas."

The measure has been recognized by entrepreneurs and thus generated confidence among them to "make new investments in the country."

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On the other hand, Gamboa explained that population's active participation and engagement has led to good results over the last four and a half years. 
 
"130,000 people have found a socio-economic development opportunity in natural protected areas, leading to income worth S/320 million (about 96.96 million) [...]," the official explained.

(END) NDP/MAO/HMC/MVB

Published: 6/2/2016
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