Peruvian restaurants are opening all over the world and Peruvian cuisine is booming. And more and more foodies come to Peru to check out Peruvian food in its land of origin.
According to Promarket Peru, 1.2 million tourists will have come to Peru by the end of 2013 with the intention of doing gastronomic tourism.
This represents about 40% of the projected 2013 total of 3.1 million foreign tourists, Peruthisweek.com reported, citing Lima daily El Comercio.
Food tourists spend, on average, US$130 on food in high-quality restaurants every day of their stay in Peru.
According to Chef Nicolai Stakeeff six or seven years ago, only 7% of foreign tourists arriving in Peru did so with the intention of taking part in gastronomic tourism.
He also highlighted the successful work that has been done by both tourism and restaurant owners to promote and familiarize the tourists with the wealth and diversity of Peruvian cuisine.
He says that the majority of gastronomic tourists in Peru are of Asian origin. “35% of from Japon, and Chinese tourists make up an important 25%. And increasingly, Mexicans, Argentines, and Germans are coming to do gastronomic tours”.