PERU'S LAMBAYEQUE TARGETS 704,000 TOURISTS YEAR-END

12 Jul 2013 11:19

CHICLAYO, July 4 (BERNAMA-NNN-ANDINA) -- Authorities in Peru's northern Lambayeque region expect to receive more than 704,000 domestic and foreign tourists by the end of 2013, up five per cent from last year.

Vanessa Castañeda, head of the regional office for tourism and handicraft, said that a total of 301,654 tourists visited the heritage-rich region in the first half of the year, a 4.31 per cent increase from a year ago.

Of this total, 285,618 were Peruvian visitors and 16,036 foreigners, she added.

Castañeda announced that a series of cultural and food festivals are being planned in anticipation of Peru's Independence Day holidays later this month.

"We aim to surpass the number of tourist arrivals in July last year totalling 57,959 Peruvian and 3,374 foreign visitors," she told Andina.

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SS RT