Thanks to its unique historic and cultural offering, including one of the world’s most exciting cuisines, Peru is the fastest-growing tourism destination in the region. International tourism inflows rose by 7.7% in 2016, according to the “Economic Impact 2017 Peru” report by the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC), posting faster growth than anywhere else in the Americas, and above the global average of 3.9%. According to the WTTC, Peru’s travel and tourism sector was directly worth PEN25.7bn ($7.6bn) in 2016, or 3.9% of GDP, a figure which is estimated to rise to 5% of GDP within a decade. The sector’s total contribution was put at PEN66.2bn ($19.6bn), a considerable 10.1% of GDP. This is forecast to reach almost 12% of GDP by 2027, making tourism one of the country’s critical sectors.
This chapter includes an interview with Eduardo Ferreyros, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism