Lima. Mar. 31 (ANDINA)- Machu Picchu. South America’s celebrated tourist attraction and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. is set to re-open to tourists on 1 April 2010 after flooding earlier in the year forced it to close.
Landslides and flooding caused by torrential January rains destroyed the rail line that is the only access to Machu Picchu (apart from hiking). forcing authorities to close the world-famous archaeological site although it wasn't damaged.
Peruvian trade and tourism minister Martin Perez said the news about the re-opening of this UNESCO World Heritage site has generated great expectation among globetrotters.
'One of the new Seven Wonders of the World. the citadel of Machu Picchu. reopens this Thursday to the public.' reads a BBC report.
Meanwhile. Europa Press reported that 'the Inca city of Machu Picchu in the southeastern Cusco region will reopen Thursday with a series of welcoming ceremonies for the first visitors to this archaeological site since being closed by heavy rains that caused a series of landslides in late January.'
Peru’s National Institute of Culture (INC) pointed out that local authorities have taken all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the tourists.
The head of the Tourism Committee at the Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL). Alvaro Benavides. said “there is high expectation for the upcoming Holy Week holidays. we can see that hotel bookings are increasing.”
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) ranks Peru as the fifth fastest growing country for business travel and tourism. out of 20 in Latin America. The WTTC estimates the real impact of travel and tourism in Peru will be worth almost $10bn this year. rising to $18bn by 2020.