Peru chosen as the only country in Latin America for world tourism
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Peru chosen as the only country in Latin America for world tourism

Peru has been chosen as the only Latin American country to represent the region as a popular tourist destination in 2016 by the prestigious British travel guide ‘Rough Guides’,  Minister of Peruvian Foreign Trade and Tourism, Magali Silva, has confirmed.

As a result of a public vote, readers of ‘Rough Guides’ ranked Peru in ninth position of ‘The People’s Choice’, in which Nepal, the Philippines, Myanmar, India, Iceland, Greece, Vietnam, the United States and Thailand are also listed.

The publication noted not only the iconic attractions such as the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the Nazca lines, but also the opening of the Museum of Tucume.

“This encourages us to continue working to promote the destinations for which we are already recognized around the world as well as to show the new attractions that we have in our country to diversify tourism as well as benefiting more Peruvians,” she said.

The guidebooks ‘Rough Guides’ are reference books for Anglo travelers, offering travel advice for more than 200 destinations around the world.

This choice reaffirms the promotion of the Moche Route among Anglo-Saxon tourists, as the newly renovated cultural centre was recently awarded the prize for Best World Tourism Project, granted by the Association of British Travel Writers (BGTW) last November. The event was held during the world Travel Market,  the globe’s biggest tourism fair, said Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Magali Silva.

Rise in tourism in 2015

Foreign tourism in Peru grew about 7 percent in 2015, the president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), Jorge Jochamowitz, confirmed on January 6.

Jochamowitz told Andina, the official news agency, that statistics show two categories of tourism have reflected sustained growth over the past two or three years.

“Tourism grew in 2015, perhaps not in the way as it was growing two or three years ago, but better than it was recorded in 2014,” he said.

According to the Minister, a favorite for foreign and local visitors is the southern Andean region of Cusco, where one of the jewels of Peruvian tourism is located –  the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Among other places of choice for tourists in this country, Jochamowitz explained that the southern part of the country remained a point of attraction, such as the city of Arequipa, but also the varied beaches of the north coast recorded a significant recovery in 2015.

With regard to the phenomenon of El Niño, he said it has had no immediate negative effect; during the months of October and November.

He noted that during the past year, the ancient capital of the Incas, the imperial city of Cusco, led as top destination of both foreign tourists and Peruvians, followed by other cities such as Arequipa and in fourth place highlighted the vast beaches of the north, which enjoy permanent heat throughout the year.