Tourism is up 8 percent in Peru, according to the country’s official tourism organization, PROMPERÚ. More than 2.7 million international travelers visited the destination in 2018, with vacationing being their number one reason for travel.
Of these travelers, 2.5 million were vacationing, marking an 8 percent increase from 2018. Other reasons for traveling were business (15%) and visiting friends or family (12%).
The top five destinations in Peru for vacationers during 2018 were Lima (68%), Cusco (51%) and Tacna (33%). Closely following were the cities of Puno (25%) and Arequipa (22%). Notably, those who visit Tacna entered mainly from the southern border.
The report also showed that the average amount international vacationers spent in Peru increased from $988 to $1,013 between 2017 and 2018. This increase was driven by 15- to 24-year-olds, who increased their spending from $652 to $955 in 2018, and by 25- to-40-year-olds, who increased their spending from $819 to $971 during the same period.
The study also showed that vacationers stayed an average of 10 nights in Peru in 2018, an increase of nine nights on average for the previous year. For 2018, vacationers also visited an average of three regions or areas during their trip.
As for bookings, more and more vacation packages were booked online, according to the report. Thirty-two percent of international vacationers booked their package online, and 55 percent bought at least one service online.