Peru hosted 1.1 million foreign tourists during 2019 first quarter.
This number represents a positive balance for 22,184 additional foreign tourists regarding last year’s first quarter.
Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister, Edgar Vásquez, reported that, between January and March 2019, the arrivals of foreign tourists registered 1102000 visits, which meant an 2.1% increase regarding the same period of 2018. According to the information provided thanks to The National Migration Office, this rise represented an increase of 22,184 additional foreign tourists, compared to the first quarter of 2018.
In March, the growth of tourists from Chile stood out (+ 8.2% with 7,551 additional tourists), the United States (+ 6.8% with 3,903 more tourists); Ecuador (+ 45.3%), Bolivia (+ 43.4%), Brazil (+ 10.6%), among others. At the block level, a 4% growth from the arrivals of the Pacific Alliance countries was registered in the first quarter. These three countries represent 39.1% of the total international arrivals and an important growth is foreseen towards the end of the year.
Foreign tourist arrivals were mainly by the Jorge Chávez International Airport, where 586,643 tourists entered, representing a growth of 4.8% regarding the first quarter of the previous year. Santa Rosa control point registered 287,889 tourists (+0.1) and the point of Desaguadero obtained 66,443 tourists, obtaining a growth of 7.1%.
In March, international air connectivity registered a total of 3,476 direct flights, 8% higher than the same period the previous year, according to information from Lima Airport Partners (LAP) and CORPAC. Of all the destinations, Chile (16.3%) is the country with the highest frequency of direct flights to Peru, with a total of 567 flights; connecting with the cities of Santiago and Antofagasta.
It’s followed by the United States (13.6%), with a total of 472 flights (connecting with Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, New York and Orlando). In third place, Colombia (12.5%) with 435 flights connecting with the cities of Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Cartagena.