National holiday generates domestic tourism spike

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Peru’s domestic tourism industry received a huge boost this last holiday weekend. According to the Andina news agency domestic tourists generated $287.7 million in revenue over the four-day Independence Day break.

The head of the National Chamber of Tourism, Carlos Canales, said that 500 million soles come from the capital Lima, which is the largest source of tourism within the country.

These figures show that domestic tourism is going through a good moment, driven by rising purchasing power of the population and tourism promotion efforts,’ Canales told Andina.

Preliminary statistics indicate that more than two million Peruvians traveled by bus around the country for tourism purposes from July 27-30. Additionally, more than 250,000 vehicles left the capital at the beginning of the weekend, according to the Municipal Toll Administration of Lima.

Canales said that Huancayo and Piura were among the most preferred destination for Peruvians, with about 25,000 to 30,000 visitors over the weekend.

The region of Lambayaque also benefited from the holiday tourism boom. It’s most famous archeological site, The Royal Tombs of Sipan, attracted nearly 7,000 visitors over the holiday weekend.

Museum Director Walter Alva noted that the tombs’ museum received 6,791 tourists, of which 6,590 were Peruvians and 201 foreigners. He said that 1,389 people visited the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum on July 27; 2,359 people on July 28 and 3,043 on July 29.

More than two million Peruvians traveled by bus around the country for tourism purposes, spent nearly $300 million.

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