Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

This is the place for ON or Off topic conversations. Almost anything goes - but be kind, and no trolling.
Forum rules
While the rules in this forum are more relaxed than in other parts of the Expat site, there are still a few things we’d like you to remember: No name calling, no insults – be civil to each other!
User avatar
tupacperu
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 3350
Joined: Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:36 am
Location: Pimentel Beach-Chiclayo- Sanford NC
Contact:

Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby tupacperu » Thu May 30, 2013 10:31 am

My take is Peru failed to diversify. Peru has very diverse tourism potential. They should look into tax breaks for international developers. There are 1500 miles of coast-land. Mancora and the northern Beaches are still a primitive beach town that needs a lot of investments in infrastructure. Tax incentive would bring in High-end Hotels and Casinos, tourist attractions.

Forget the under advertise southern beaches (Asia). these are private playgrounds for Peruvians and not advertised on the international scale as a tourist hang-out (like Vegas). Not many people know about ASIA outside of Peru.

Too much reliance on Machu Picchu and Lima to bring in the tourist $$$$. Why not move to decentralize and strengthen the Tourism sectors. Peru is now off the list for many vacationers because of the rise in prices of Airfare and hotels. especially us.


The only reason I would imagine anyone would visit Peru, is to eliminate MP off the bucket list or retire. The country is too MP Centric, at the sake of other important attractions. When I am browsing online for 10 best vacation spots or 10 whatever... Ecuador, Colombia, even Venezuela are countries which are featured. Peru has yet to come up as a mainstream tourist destination. Instead the MARCA PERU is promoting food, MP and LIMA. No one want to come to Lima in the winter (cold and damp). Neither spend a winter in MP (cold). had a friend just come back from a convention in Lima, very disappointing and with a horrible cold.

The only reason I would visit the cold if there was good snowboarding. Peru has beautiful Northern Coastline and Beaches. Some of the most diverse sports fishing grounds. Who knew???

Fishing for giant Wahoo in the Cabo Blanco and Punta Sal areas in Tumbes, Peru.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjtnWZB2VPY



But yet all one hears is MP. It is like a proud parent showing baby photos repeatedly.

We have no plans to visit to Peru until it becomes more affordable. There are too many other affordable options: Vegas, LA, Miami, NY, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and recently been looking at Belize - Mayan Pyramids and Mexican Coast and Riviera......


Philipc4u59
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 1195
Joined: Mon May 21, 2012 3:39 pm
Location: Surquillo

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby Philipc4u59 » Thu May 30, 2013 10:51 am

I am SAD TO SAY, that I agree with this poster...

Philip :roll:
User avatar
americorps
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 3841
Joined: Tue Dec 12, 2006 4:16 pm
Location: Lima

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby americorps » Thu May 30, 2013 10:55 am

not quite true...

PromPeru has advertisng campaigns world wide, especially in China, Japan and England, but in other markets as well, promoting Titicaca and the jungle. They did extensive research and are not promoting the beaches of the north because, as wonderful as they are, they do not compete with tropical tourist destinations.

Their next campaign will focus on glaciers, waterfalls and mountain destinations.

As a result of this 10 year plan, with the focus to diversify from Machu Picchu, international tourism is up in various jungle destinations significantly and Puno is seeing a climb as well.

Peru continues to be plagued by fears of strikes and robery and a lack of infrastructure that makes this like rolling boulders up hill, but they are doing it and they having success.

However, it should not ignore the money either. Machu Picchu is a wonder of the world, no only because of the contest, but because it is a marvel that inspires and people will always want to see it.

Further, their PERUPONE campaign to promote internal tourism has been an even greater success. They focus on a different region each quarter and work with airlines, bus companies, hoteliers and tourism operators to create economical packages to the regions. It has increased internal tourism significantly and while cuzco will be in the rotation of regions, it is not given any more or any less push than other regions.
Philipc4u59
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 1195
Joined: Mon May 21, 2012 3:39 pm
Location: Surquillo

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby Philipc4u59 » Thu May 30, 2013 11:14 am

I never have heard of PromPeru - until now; thanks.

Philip :roll:
User avatar
ariel
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 158
Joined: Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:27 am
Location: lima

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby ariel » Thu May 30, 2013 12:48 pm

Being dependent on MP can be forgiven. Being dependent on it alone is the issue.

Anyway, tourism in Peru can really benefit from direct flights from China. But they should watch out for Ding Jinhao defacing relics here (see sample of his masterpiece in Egypt below).

Ding Jinhao.jpg
Ding Jinhao.jpg (38.49 KiB) Viewed 2493 times
User avatar
tupacperu
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 3350
Joined: Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:36 am
Location: Pimentel Beach-Chiclayo- Sanford NC
Contact:

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby tupacperu » Thu May 30, 2013 2:13 pm

Poor research on the part of PromPeru. Tropical Beaches have Hurricanes. July-November season would be a great time to make an ad push. Northern Peru is below the hurricane belt. Nice Alternative....

PromPeru does ads- All ads are in Spanish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwSOWdPOqlM

Not much more on an international scale.
argidd
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 827
Joined: Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:58 pm
Location: Lima, Peru

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby argidd » Thu May 30, 2013 2:23 pm

Being to the British Virgin Islands, Dominican Repulic, and Tumbes, there is absolutely no point of comparison.
Tumbes (Punta Sal) has a comfortable beach, it's nice for the price you pay from Lima, it's got great food, and a very good infrastucture, but the beaches have absolutely no point of comparison. The BVI is a true Paradise, DR is a beautiful upbeat place, Tumbes is OK. If people from abroad want to spend time on the beach, it sure is worth the while to go to the caribbean, even if it means a risk of being hit by a hurricane or rain, I THINK.
Regards,

Argidd
User avatar
americorps
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 3841
Joined: Tue Dec 12, 2006 4:16 pm
Location: Lima

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby americorps » Thu May 30, 2013 2:24 pm

lol, poor research on your part as to what would make someone pick one beach over another.

they wont select peru over that area unless there is an actual storm a brewin, and further, they beaches do not compete,
vivaperusurf
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 108
Joined: Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:56 am

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby vivaperusurf » Thu May 30, 2013 3:51 pm

Yeah the beaches up north are a great hidden treasure for people who are looking to go to a nice beach zone without leving peru or spending a fortune, but i think the area has a long way to go to be able to compete on an international level for tourism capital from intl tourists.

The jungle and the food are also great marketing tools but they alone are not enough in my opinion to draw tourists to peru. So what else can be focused on to bring in more tourists? MP is so well known the word over, it is a great tourism resource for the country.
argidd
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 827
Joined: Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:58 pm
Location: Lima, Peru

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby argidd » Thu May 30, 2013 5:27 pm

And as AmeriCorps said, let's not forget, MP is a wonder of the world....
Regards,

Argidd
jude
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 180
Joined: Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:08 am

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby jude » Thu May 30, 2013 6:44 pm

MP is wonderful. But as entrance is limited to 2500 per day, it makes sense to market other aspects of Peru to tourists. There are many other interesting archaeological sites for example. Especially in the north.

Peru could be a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. There's some great trekking, and potentially some excellent mountain biking routes. I'd like to see the infrastructure around those developed - perhaps by building some modern tambos to make trekking more comfortable.

Peru could also be pushed as a great place for people into folklore and cultural traditions. There's some great music, dance, not to mention traditional foods. I think people would love to visit festivals, especially if it's explained to them what's going on.
User avatar
ariel
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 158
Joined: Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:27 am
Location: lima

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby ariel » Thu May 30, 2013 7:24 pm

rubble
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 238
Joined: Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:31 pm

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

Postby rubble » Fri May 31, 2013 1:02 am

I believe the problem is one of time.
If you're coming to Peru then the must-see attraction is MP, so while your down south your going to take in that southern circuit - Nazca-Arequipa-Puno-Cuzo. Add a couple of days in Lima and that doesn't leave much time left if you've just got two or three weeks off.

Return to “Expat Conversations”

Login  •  Register