Long Weekends in 2012 to Generate $800 Million in Tourism – Govt

The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism said Peru’s long weekends in 2012 should generate $800 million in extra business in the tourism industry.

Peru’s government announced last week that in 2012 there will be eight long weekends, in an attempt to increase local tourism, state news agency Andina reported.  The long weekends —which include already existing national or bank holidays— are applicable to the public employee sector, although much of the private sector tends to follow suit.

Each long weekend is expected to generate an extra $100 million in tourism business.

The days made bank holidays to make long weekends will be February 13 and 14; April 30 (with Labor Day, May 1); July 27 (added to Independence holidays July 28-30) ; August 31 (added to Saint Rose day, Aug.30); November 2 (with All Saints’ Day, Nov.1); and December 24 and 31.

National tourism has increased during long weekends by an average of 11 percent per year over the last few years, the ministry said.

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