This number is much higher than expected (34.9% over the goal) for this time of the year. Tourists from the United States, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, and Brazil, correspond to 65.4% of the total, according to Mincetur.
The Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Roberto Sánchez, announced that, from January 1 to May 29 of 2022, 514,000 international tourists have arrived in Peru, what is an excellent announcement for the entire national tourism sector in the country.
Thus, he stated this figure shows that the actions, strategies, and coordination carried out at the central government level, together with regional and local governments, tourism associations and the private sector, have been giving positive results for economic reactivation.
“Tourism has been recovering and we are making steady progress. We expect to reach 1.5 million tourists by the end of the year, a figure that some thought would be difficult. However, this announcement of the arrival of 514,000 tourists shows the opposite.
Comparing the arrival of tourists with the same period of 2021, there is a positive variation of +688%. In addition, we can note that tourists from the United States, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, and Brazil accounted for 65.4% of the total. “From May 1 to 29 we have received 137,000 tourists, an additional flow of 118,000 compared to the same period in 2021.”
We should also note that, according to information provided to Mincetur from January 1 to May 29 of 2022, 86.6% of international tourists (445,000 tourists) who arrived in Peru did so through the Jorge Chávez International Airport.
Since its reopening (May 1), the Santa Rosa Border Control Post in Tacna reported the entry of 17,000 foreign tourists into the country, equivalent to 3.2% of the total registered between January 1 and May 29. of 2022.
Reactivating tourism in Peru
Mincetur published a few weeks ago the Emergency Plan for the Tourism Sector and the National Strategy for the Reactivation of the Tourism in Peru (2022 – 2025), which establishes a series of measures to mitigate the crisis that the tourism sector is going through in Peru, because of COVID-19.
“The Government’s commitment to reactivating the tourism sector is comprehensive and these two important published documents are a clear example, thanks to the joint effort of all the actors in the sector and the regions to overcome the crisis. Through these, we will promote employment and increase internal and receptive tourism. It is a commitment of this government led by President Pedro Castillo.”
Critical voices mentioned that the growth of tourism in Peru and the increase of international travelers were mainly affected because of the strict vaccination requirements that have been put in place.