Canadian tourists in Peru, eh?
The 2019 edition of the Canada Tourism Workshop (WOTCAN), held October 23-25 in Toronto and Montreal, saw intensified efforts towards drawing tourists from the Great White North. WOTCAN, an annual event, seeks to increase the development of partnerships between Peruvian tour operators and Canadian travel agencies.
According to Ricardo Ruiz, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Peru-Canada (Montreal), the business event was able to attract new Canadian travel agencies that do not yet sell tour packages to Peru. Each of the nine participants (operators and products) from Peru were able to meet with 14 agencies in Toronto and 17 in Montreal. Peruvian companies included: Legendary Peru, Pacific Travel, Condor Travel, Tierra de Los Andes, Fiesta Tour International, Cross Check Peru, Lima Tours, Amazon River Expeditions and Inca Rail.
“There is a perspective of greater interest for new routes and innovative products, not so segmented to traditional programs,” Ruiz noted in an official press release from APOTUR, Asociación Peruana de Operadores de Turismo Receptivo e Interno (Peruvian Association of Receptive and Internal Tourism Operators).
As reported by News1, Canadian tourists in Peru during 2018 stayed an average of 14 nights and spent an average of US$ 1,750.
Despite interest from Canadian travel agencies, Ruiz predicts that the number of Canadian tourists in Peru may experience just a slight increase in 2020. The tourism authority conservatively predicted a 3% increase due to social conflicts in Peru’s neighboring countries (namely Chile and Ecuador).
According to PromPerú, between January-May of this year 41,922 tourists from Canada traveled to Peru. This was a 9.3% increase compared to the same period in 2018.
Source: Official APOTUR press release
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