TOURISM - PERU'S SECOND REVENUE SOURCE BY 2021

12 Jul 2013 11:19

LIMA, July 12 (BERNAMA-NNN-ANDINA) -- Tourism in Peru is expected to become the second source of revenue for the country in 2021 as it has the potential to create jobs, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said Thursday.

"Among the productive options in Peru, tourism represents a potential tool for generating revenue and jobs, is the third largest source of revenue and has created over one million jobs. By 2021 it could become the most important sector of the Peruvian economy," said IDB representative to Peru, Fidel Jaramillo.

He said that tourism generates US$3.3 billion in revenue, accounting for eight per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), and is expected to represent ten per cent in 2021.

"Tourism can provide jobs for disadvantaged social groups, including women, young people, rural and indigenous communities," he added.

Jaramillo said that it is proven that tourism boosts social inclusion and combats poverty and inequality.

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