Monday, 15 May 2017

PERU: Lima Airport Partners Invests Over US$5 million In Jorge Chavez International Airport

Lima Airport Partners (LAP) has invested US$5.355 million in the expansion of services at the capital's Jorge Chavez International Airport, the private operator informed.

This way, LAP seeks to improve services for domestic and international passengers passing through the main Peruvian terminal.

Works include the expansion of check-in facilities with 16 new desks (8 new double counters).

As a result, part of the International Hall will be closed for a two-month period (from May 10 to July 1, approximately.)

In addition, the renovated airport will feature a larger baggage claim area for domestic flights with 2 additional carousels.

The project will also involve new operational facilities, as well as the revamping of the Domestic Arrivals Hall and commercial area.

New airlines

"We keep working on enhancing services offered at the [Jorge Chavez] airport," LAP General Manager Juan Jose Salmon affirmed.

"This time, we will make significant improvements in check-in and baggage claim area services to increase our service capacity," he explained.

Said upgrading works owe to the airport's growing operations following the entry of new airlines and greater passenger flow.

Northeastern Amazonas region expects to double last year's number of visitors to the archaeological complex of Kuelap and hit the 120,000 visits mark expected by the cable-car system concessionaire, said head of Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur) Jose Luis Alvarez Ramos.

"We expect about 120,000 visits to Kuelap, and 300,000 to the whole region. This is the growth margin forecast for this year," the official told Andina news agency.

Other interesting tourist attractions include Gocta Waterfall, Valley of the Waterfalls, canyoning in Cuispes (Bongara province), the Cocoa Route and visits to conservation areas.

Alvarez noted the surge in hotel investment volumes in the region, which results in an improved economic performance.

"We also want to work on quality products," he added.

Remarks were made at the launch of 22nd Tourist Week- the Chachapoya's Raymi Llaqta 2017, an event that combines cultural and dancing traditions of northeastern communities.

Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Eduardo Ferreyros on Wednesday said southern Peru regions lure 85% of foreign tourists visiting the Andean country throughout the year.

"We are working to link regions and pursuing Jorge Chavez International Airport decongestion," he pointed out.

Moreover, he referred to the airline travel industry's proposal of opening new interregional routes in Peru.

This is a result of Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry's work to invigorate tourism industry in the South American country.

Ferreyros disclosed Latam Airlines will introduce a new service between Cusco and Trujillo. This direct flight is set to operate three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) starting in second half of July.

"Connecting Cusco and the Moche Route will facilitate tourists' entry into the country," he added.

More than 3,000 passengers are expected to fly on Cusco-Trujillo flights each month.

The time will be approximately 110 minutes, a 56% reduction from the flight with a stop in Lima.

Domestic flight ticket prices will go down by up to 25% in two months.

He went on to say China has become Asia's second largest source of visitors to Peru, after Japan.

He referred to Peru's recent international recognition as Best Americas Tourist Destination at the 2017 Shanghai World Travel Fair (SWTF).

According to the official, it is the result of a government strategy to attract Chinese tourists to the country.

Peru's Culture Minister Salvador del Solar unveiled completed restoration works on Inca agricultural terraces located in Yucay district's Paraccaypata area, Urubamba province.

Conservation works helped patch up said agricultural terraces, which experienced serious deterioration and showed loss of stone elements in the structure.

Emergency works entailed an investment of S/100,000 (about US$30,413) from Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco (DDCC).

Paraccaypata agricultural terraces, or Andenes, are about 100-meter long and 5-meter high. They are surrounded by a river channeled during Inca times, which irrigates fertile lands destined for the Panacas (royal families) during the Incanato (period of rule of the Inca empire).

Bifacial stairs stand out among the place's most distinctive features. They resemble two bifurcated stair-step like access points that facilitate the flow of people.

Another highlight includes the impressive stone-lined irrigation channel, which denotes Incas' stylish architectural practice.

Located in Peru's southern Arequipa region, Colca Valley welcomed 60,241 (domestic and foreign) tourists in the January-April 2017 period.

According to local authorities, the number "was important" taking into account the Andean country had been hit by natural disasters over recent months.

The current figure is lower than the one registered in the same period last year.

However, the number of foreign arrivals was not affected by recent events.

"Over 50% of tourists, who visited Colca Valley, had come from the United States and other countries in Europe," Caylloma province Mayor Romulo Tinta expressed.

Lastly, the official is confident the area will receive more than 250,000 sightseers by year-end.

Colca Valley is located four hours from the city of Arequipa if traveling by bus. There is a paved road leading to such natural site.