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Peru receives over 2.3 million tourists this year

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The number of visitors represents an increase of 7 to 8 percent compared to the same period in 2010,

Peru receives over 2.3 million tourists this year

Tourists at Sacsayhuaman in Cusco. (Photo: Andina/Percy Hurtado)

 Peru has received over 2.3 million visitors so far this year, an increase of 7 to 8 percent compared to the same period in 2010, said Deputy Tourism Minister Claudia Cornejo, who expressed confident that the country will reach the goal of 2.5 million tourists by year end.

“The arrival of foreign tourists is going well and I believe we will reach the goal of 2.5 million visitors. We have made progress in important topics such as currency and inbound tourism,” she said.


Cornejo noted that the promotion of Peruvian tourist attractions in Latin American countries will improve next year due to the financial crisis in the United States and Europe.


The deputy minister said that nearly 80,000 foreign tourists, mainly from the United States, visit Peru every day.


“Regionally speaking, Latin American provides 50 percent of the foreign tourists in Peru. The countries which provide more tourists are Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile,” she said.


Moreover, Cornejo said that the number of tourists from France, Italy, South Korea and Australia in the country has also increased.

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