Friday, July 10, 2009

Over 800,000 tourists visited Peru so far this year

More than 800,000 tourists, mainly from the United States, have visited Peru between January and July this year, reported the Peruvian General Directorate of Immigration and Naturalization (Digemin) after conducting a documentation review of visitors upon their arrival.

A total of 184.513 U.S. citizens chose Peru as tourist destination, followed by Ecuadorians (60.285), Argentineans (48.525), Chileans (46.634) and Peruvians (46.055) who return to reside or develop tourism activities in their home country.
The head of Digemin, Juan Alvarez Manrique, said "nobody can stop the development of the country, mainly in the tourism sector, as shown in the figures provided by the Office of Immigration Statistics."

According to Alvarez, the Immigration Office carefully checks the travel documents of visitors and inspectors become the best hosts, since they are the first point of interaction with foreign tourists in the country.

In recent months, he said, the Immigration Office organized training courses for inspectors on the detection of fraudulent documents, which helped to detect more than 12 cases, among local and foreign tourists, who tried to leave the country using someone else's passport.
The Jorge Chavez International Airport inspectors have improved their performance thanks to the acquisition of high-tech equipment capable of verifying the identity of individuals in minutes

Source: Andina

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