The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) reported this Tuesday that, from January 1 to May 29, 514,000 international tourists have arrived in Peru, which represents an advance of 34.9% of the goal for the end of the year that estimates the visit of 1.5 million.
The head of Mincetur, Roberto Sánchez, stated that 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 the economic reactivation.
“Tourism has been recovering and we are making steady progress. We anticipated that we could reach 1.5 million tourists by the end of the year, a number that some thought would be difficult. However, this announcement of the arrival of 514,000 tourists shows the opposite”, referred the head of the Mincetur.
He added that if a year-on-year comparison is made, between January 1 and May 29, 2022, regarding the arrival of tourists in 2021, there is a positive variation of 688.1%.
In addition, it was indicated that the arrival of tourists residing in the United States, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain and Brazil, concentrated 65.4% of the total.
“On the other hand, from May 1 to 29 we have received 137,000 tourists, an additional flow of 118,000 compared to the same period in 2021. So far in May, South America has positioned itself as the main source market of tourists to the country, with 43.2 % participation, followed by North America (33.3%), Europe (18%), Central America (2.6%) and Asia (2.3%)”, said the minister.
It should be noted that, according to information provided to Mincetur, from January 1 to May 29, 2022, 86.6% of international tourists (445,000 tourists) who arrived in Peru did so through the Jorge Chávez International Airport.
In addition, 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.