Arequipa, Jul. 17 (ANDINA).
Peru's southern region of Arequipa received a total of 552,512 domestic and foreign tourists during the first half of 2011, up 18 percent from a year earlier.
The head of the regional office for trade and tourism, Alfredo Venero, pointed out that Arequipa attracted 86,085 more visitors compared to the same period last year (466,427 tourists).
"Arequipa is witnessing a sustained growth of domestic tourist arrivals," Venero said, adding that the number of visitors this year is expected to increase from an initial estimate of 180,000.
Given the encouraging results so far, local authorities expect to receive at least 200,000 tourists in 2011.
Most foreign visitors come from France, Germany and England in Europe and Argentina, Chile and Bolivia in Latin America while domestic tourists come from capital Lima, Cusco, Puno and Tacna.