According to Gina Guerrero , the regional director of Foreign Trade and Tourism, new luxury cruise ships will sail the Peruvian part of the Amazon River among a strong development of the luxury tourism in the jungle region of Loreto.
She explains that more foreign tourists are visiting the region after the Amazon River and Rainforest were selected as one of the seven new Wonders of Nature in 2012.
The tourist official declares that two companies are delivering new cruise ships to sail the Amazon River: Californian Viking River Cruises will provide by the second half of 2014 two 100- meter long river cruise ships with a capacity of 100 people and the Portuguese company Mystic Cruises is building as well two luxury vessels to sail the river from Iquitos to Manaus.
Besides, the official emphasizes that luxury tourism will improve the local economy since wealthy tourists spend on average approximately US$7500 per day when they are on vacation in Loreto.
Guerrero predicts that that the number of high-consumption tourists to the region will increase 9 percent to 1.8 million tourists in 2014, after extending 7 percent in 2013.
The Amazon River, that rises in Peru and flows into the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil, is, by volume, the largest river in the world with a volume higher than the world’s top ten rivers together and with a length of approximately 6530 kilometers.