Lima, Dec. 13 (ANDINA). Peru is experiencing a growth in luxury tourism with new hotels, ecological resorts and gourmet restaurants opening in 2011 in key tourist locations.
These investments are being driven by an increase in demand for luxury travel in the country, and new airline routes opening. 2011 will also be a bumper year for the country, which will be celebrating the centenary of the Rediscovery of Machu Picchu by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham in July.
Promperu’s coordinator for Asia Pacific Rosana Guinea says that, although adventurous travellers are key to their market, there has been an increase in higher yield travellers in recent years and both markets are being buoyed by increased air capacity.
“Both the range and quality of the services provided within the tourism industry in Peru have improved dramatically in recent years. Tourists are spending more money whilst in Peru and the visitor profile is changing which is driving the demand for more luxury accommodation and facilities,” states Rosana Guinea.
At the same time, Lima is becoming more accessible with increased flight connections from around the world allowing more visitors to enter the country.
|Inkaterra Hotel in Machu Picchu. Photo:ANDINA / Archive|
Looking to capitalise on this increased capacity and demand for luxury, Peru is welcoming investments from international and domestic companies wishing to expand and open new restaurants and hotels.
From January 2011, travellers from Australia to Peru will have faster and easier journeys with LAN Airlines introducing new nonstop flights from Santiago de Chile to Peru’s capital Lima.
According to etravelblackboard.com, Other new code-share arrangements with airlines such as Cathay Pacific are also including Lima in their network, further enhancing connections.