Number of tourists visiting Peru this year increases

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 According to Peru’s National Chamber of Tourism there would be a 25% increase in the number of tourists visiting Peru this year.

Carlos Canales, president of the Chamber of Tourism, said the increase was partly due to the hundredth anniversary of the discovery of Machu Picchu, which has generated much buzz among foreign tourists.

Peru is expected to receive a total of 2.7 million visitors this year – higher than the 2.5 million that was estimated earlier this year.

Peru21 reported that about 700,000 of these tourists are expected to travel to Cusco, which exceeds the number of visitors in recent years.

The total number of visitors in 2008, 2009 and 2010 were 613,000, 583,000 and 460,000, respectively.

Veronica Napuri, chief executive at Tucano Reps, said that 60% of tourists are from high-income backgrounds, while 40% are medium-income.

Napuri said high-income earners spend around $3,000 on average – during a 10 to 12 day visit; medium-income earners spend between $1,500 and $1,800.

According to Peru’s National Chamber of Tourism there would be a 25% increase in the influx of tourists visiting Peru this year.

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