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The inclusion of the Virgin of Candelaria Festi...
The inclusion of the Virgin of Candelaria Festival in UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity continues to generate positive feedback. Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) and President of the Promperú Board Magali Silva Velarde-Álvarez expressed her satisfaction with its inclusion.
She maintained that it not only improves the country’s position internationally, but also strengthens national and international strategies for attracting tourists. Given these achievements, Magali Silva took it upon herself to congratulate both the people of Puno and the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Relations.
Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) and President of the Promperú Board Magali Silva Velarde-Álvarez affirmed that the Virgin of Candelaria Festival’s inclusion in the UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity not only improves the country’s position internationally, but also strengthens national and international strategies for attracting tourists.
"I congratulate the people of Puno on the significance of their traditions, the Ministry of Culture for their painstaking precision in preparing the application for this honor, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its experience in establishing relations with multilateral organizations," she said after this goal was reached.
Among the points of interest of the festival held in Puno every February, the Minister highlighted the importance of the religious symbolism embodied by the ceremony. She also emphasized that one of the most important reasons for its inclusion is the singularity of the artistic expressions of the highland area, which generates great interest among travelers.
"Domestic visits to the city of Puno during the festival in 2014 were up 10% from the previous year. International visits increased by three percent for the same period," stated the Minister.
Concerted efforts led to an increase in visits, which led to the achievement of recognition by UNESCO. According to Magali Silva, a key part of the increase in tourism is due to the special emphasis laid on this festival by Promperú’s program entitled "¿Y tú qué planes?"
The project began in November of 2013, generating PromPerú’s virtual platform designed to promote domestic tourism in all the different destinations in Peru. It has yielded considerable results since it began last year, thanks to significant progress made in 2014, and even better outcomes are expected for the year to come.
"Right now the portal already offers a portfolio of possible trips for the coming year. There are already special offers for visiting Puno during the Virgin of Candelaria festivities," Silva Velarde-Álvarez said.
The Virgin of Candelaria Festival is a cultural event that combines traditional Catholic elements with the symbolic elements of the Andean worldview. The event dates back to Spanish rule in Peru and evidences the enormous religious fervor of the people of Puno, as well as the notion of continuity and belonging.
Paddington Bear , the well-loved fict...
Paddington Bear , the well-loved fictional character of British children's literature, landed in Peru, his native land. The adorable little bear was greeted with big displays of affection from foreign tourists and fellow citizens at Jorge Chávez International Airport.
Amid the buzz surrounding the upcoming premier of the Paddington movie, which recounts his adventures, the star landed in Lima on a flight from Great Britain. After going through immigration and collecting his luggage, he greeted the crowds of people who recognized him and asked to take pictures with him. He agreed with pleasure and showed lots of affection by hugging the children who ran to meet him.
“As part of Promperú’s publicity campaign to promote our country as one of the most fascinating destinations in South America and the world, Paddington Bear will visit and showcase our living culture, ancient history, biodiversity, gastronomy and celebrations,” explained the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) and Chair of the Promperú Board of Directors, Magali Silva Velarde-Álvarez.
The famous character appeared for the first time in 1958 in a collection of children’s stories, written by Michael Bond and entitled A Bear Called Paddington, which tells of the adventures of a polite and well-mannered Peruvian bear who arrives at the Paddington Station in London (the origin of his name) and is adopted by the Brown family.
The head of Mincetur pointed out that Promperú has trained key British tour operators that offer Peru as a destination and has also added Peruvian motifs to three of the 50 statues that form part of the Paddington Trail. This route is located in high-traffic areas in the city of London and will be visited by thousands of British citizens and visitors from all over the world until December 30th.
“We will promote our country in the context of this movie, which comes to Peruvian theaters on November 27th and British theaters on November 28th. Peru’s campaign, Empire of Hidden Treasures, will show as a trailer in British theaters”, she stated.
Regarding the British market, she pointed out that it generated 56,783 visitors to Peru in 2013 and 40,839 tourists between January and August of this year, equivalent to a 5% growth compared to the same period of the previous year. She also added that in 2013 income from tourists from the United Kingdom, which ranks fourth among European countries in visits to Peru, amounted to US$104 million dollars.
Archaeological shrines, natural areas, native tradition...
Archaeological shrines, natural areas, native traditions and good food just half an hour from Lima.
A half-hour drive from Lima, you will find a place where culture and tradition becomes the perfect alternative for a quick escape from the city.
History tells us that the most important ceremonial and religious center of the pre-Hispanic Peruvian coast is the celebration of the union of earth with the sea, because of its location; close to the river Lurín and facing the Pacific ocean. The Pachacámac sanctuary is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during that time you can go around and see the palaces, squares, and temples. The unmissable parts of the tour are the Temple of the Sun and the Acllahuasi that was built during the Inca reign, between 1440 and 1533 and are two of the best preserved areas.