The President of the National Tourism Chamber (Cámara Nacional de Turismo, Canatur), Freddy Gamarra, estimated on Sunday that more than 840,000 tourists, between Peruvians and foreigners, traveled across the country during Pope Francis’s tour.
Gamarra pointed out to the Andina Agency that the foreigners that came to Peru to see the Pope, traveled mainly from nearby countries.
According to the Hotels and Restaurants Association (Ahora Perú), people booked mostly up to 3-star hotels. Gamarra explains that in this kind of pilgrimage tourism, people don’t spend as much money as on leisure trips because all they want to do is see the Pope.
Pope Francis visited several cities during his tour: Lima, Trujillo and Puerto Maldonado, where he gave several masses, speeches and met with different religious groups, as well as indigenous people from the Amazon.