Peru’s Amazon will continue to attract tourists, despite economic crisis

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Despite the current economic crisis, the Peruvian Amazon will still mainly attract tourists from the U.S. and Europe, according to Jose Luis Silva, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism.

Silva said the Amazon’s recent inclusion among the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World would significantly increase the flow of tourism to the Amazon.

"The Peruvian Amazon will attract more visitors from around the world, but mainly from the U.S. and Europe who are generally more attracted to nature and because they are the ones who constantly seek information and new experiences," he said to Andina news agency.

He said tourism in the Amazon would also see an increase due to the new Norte Pone campaign, launched in late October, aimed at offering up to 50% discount in prices, and attracting around 20,000 visitors.

The Amazon Rainforest was named as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature of the World, on November 11.

The other 6 provisional natural wonders are: Halong Bay, Vietnam; Iguazu Falls, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay; Jeju Island, Korea; Komodo, Indonesia; Puerto Princesa, Philippines; and Table Mountain, South Africa.

Peru’s Minister of Tourism says the Amazon’s recent inclusion among the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World would significantly increase the flow of tourism in the area.

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