Tourism Statistics: Increasing Consistently!
Every year over 4 million people visit Peru. Interest has been growing due to the quality of its sites, attractions and cities that have been internationally recognized in several different opportunities. For example, Travel and Leisure Magazine once again recognized Cuzco as the 2018 best tourism city in South America while Machu Picchu has been declared one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Peru is also home to 11 World Heritage sites -including the cities of Lima and Arequipa, while receiving qualifications as the best culinary destinations in the world for 6 years in a row.
Tourism is undoubtedly a key sector for many regions in Peru and generated US$ 3.7 billion in 2017. Furthermore, money made from tourists visiting Peru grew from 2.6 million in 2011 to 4 million in 2017, which is an increase of more than 50% in 6 years. This number is expected to rise to 7 million during 2021, when Peru celebrates its 200-year anniversary as a democratic republic. Around 600 thousand tourists arrive directly from the US every year, a number which is also expected to grow close to 10% annually. It has now become very common to randomly meet people who have travelled to and around Peru as it is becoming such a popular tourist destination. To no one’s surprise, the country that most visits Peru is its neighbor Chile, with over 1.1 million visitors, due to its proximity and their growing interest in Peruvian culture, especially with food. From the 4 million visitors mentioned above, 2.4 million are South American tourists, almost 800 thousand come from North America (including 94 thousand from Mexico and 78 thousand from Canada), more than 600 thousand Europeans and the rest come from Asia, Central America and Australia.