Peru’s southern Arequipa region has attracted over 1.5 million visitors so far this year, said Miguel Apaza Peña, regional foreign trade and tourism manager.
This 6 percent increase reflects 1.3 million domestic visitors and just over 200,000 foreign visitors.
According to Apaza in an _Andina_ news article, the influx of domestic tourism relects Peruvians’ increasing interest within their own country despite the time of year; the influx of foreign tourists only happened during certain months.
The Regional Foreign Trade and Tourism Management has a goal to increase the tourist inflow by 10 percent in 2017.
Apaza noted this can be achievable through the international conferences Arequipa has been chosen to host come next year. One such conference is the Mining Convention put together by the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers.
“These events are an opportunity to get more people interested in the city and its tourist attractions, since many take advantage of their academic stay in Arequipa to go sightseeing,” Apaza said.
This is a 6 percent increase since last year for the second largest city in Peru.
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