Tourism Statistics: Increasing Consistently!

This past year 4.4 million people visited Peru, a 10% increase from 2017. Over the past decade, tourism has increased substantially as the country’s profile has grown on the international stage. For example, Travel and Leisure Magazine named Cuzco as the top city to visit in South America for 2018, Machu Picchu was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the country has 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the cities of Lima and Arequipa. The nation’s culinary scene has also taken center stage in recent years, with Peru being named the best culinary destination in the world for 6 years in a row.

Tourism is a key sector in regions across Peru, generating $4.9 billion in 2018. The number of international tourists is expected to rise to 7 million in 2021, when Peru celebrates its 200-year anniversary as a democratic republic. In 2018, 641,280 tourists from the US visited Peru spending $804 million during their stay. This places the US as the second largest travel demographic after Chile, with 1.15 million tourists this past year. As is often the case, Peru receives the largest block of international tourists from neighboring countries. That said, Peru is becoming an increasingly popular destination amongst transcontinental travelers including the US, Canada and Mexico in North America as well as Spain and France in Europe.

Taking a closer look at the US market, we can see that there has been consistent growth in travel to Peru. With steady monthly increases in 2019, we can expect to see another record-breaking year when it comes to tourist arrivals. On average, US tourists spend $1,552 per person during their trip and with an average stay of 10 nights. New York remains a key segment of the US market accounting for 5% of trips to Peru, which is valued at approximately $49.7 million. While tourists tend to cluster in more established destinations like Lima and Cusco, travel to off-the-beaten-path locations is on the rise.

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