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Peru aims to attract more foreign tourists this year

Andean nation’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) stated that Peru is expecting to attract over 3.5 million foreign visitors this year.

Magali Silva, Mincetur’s head, commented that last year foreign tourist arrivals totalled at 3.16 million, which is a growth of 11.2% than its previous year.

“This year’s target reflects Mincetur’s commitment to work hard to surpass the number of foreign tourists visiting the Andean nation in 2013″, Silva said.

Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, located in the country’s south-eastern Cusco region, along with the Nazca lines and the Ballestas Islands, in the coastal southern Inca region are some of the most sought after destinations for the foreigners.

Last year, Chile became the main source market with the arrival of 800,000 visitors, followed by the United States with 400,000 travellers. South American travellers coming to Peru accounted for 57.4% of all visitors in 2013, up by 14.5% from a year earlier.

Visitors from Asian countries increased by 11.8%, while arrivals from North America and Europe increased by 9% and 4.4%, respectively.

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