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One million tourists to visit Machu Picchu this year
November 21, 2011
More than one million Peruvian and foreign tourists are expected to visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco by the end of 2011, a 30 percent increase versus last year, according to Peru’s National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur).
Canatur President Carlos Canales said that foreigners would make up seventy percent of visitors to Machu Picchu; while the remaining will be Peruvian travelers, especially school delegations.
Canales noted that this year's centennial celebrations will help increase tourist arrivals compared to last year, when some 460,000 and 200,000 foreign and domestic people visited the World Heritage site, respectively.
Most foreigners come from the United States, Spain and Japan, while Peruvian-born visitors are from Lima, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Loreto.
"Tourists will generate revenues worth over US$3.3 billion dollars in 2011, compared to US$2.7 billion in 2010," the head of Canatur told Andina.
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Total coments: 1
Commented By: jsweet
On: November 21, 2011. 9:20 am
Sorry, but with the rules as they are right now, this goal is completely unreachable. INC made sure of that with their new regulations this year. These guys really need to do some simple math when making their projection numbers. 1000000/365 = an average of 2740 people per day. And what is the maximum number of people who can enter per day (as per the new INC rule)? 2500.
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