Monday, November 28, 2011

Five Peruvian regions team up to promote Amazon attractions

November 27, 2011
Source: Andina

The Peruvian departments of San Martin, Amazonas, Ucayali, Loreto and Madre de Dios will develop a major tourism circuit to promote the Amazon macro-region's attractions.

Cesar Villanueva, governor of San Martin, said the aim is to increase tourist arrivals following the designation of the Amazon River/Rainforest as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

"Authorities of the five regions are holding talks with the export and tourism promotion agency [PromPeru] to determine the route of the tour," Villanueva stated.

He told Andina that a group of Peruvian officials recently met with representatives from the U.S. Forest Service to work on a forest management project.

"The U.S. Forest Service has great experience in the field of forest management, so we can learn from them and achieve successful results," he added.

Early this month, the Amazon rainforest, Vietnam's Halong Bay and Argentina's Iguazu Falls were named among the world's new seven wonders of nature, according to organisers of a global poll.

The other four crowned the world's natural wonders are South Korea's Jeju Island, Indonesia's Komodo, the Philippines' Puerto Princesa Underground River and South Africa's Table Mountain, said the New7Wonders foundation, citing provisional results.

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