The Amazon regions of Loreto and Ucayali, in the northeast of Peru, expect to increase their touristic and commercial activities by 10 percent in 2014, due mostly to the entry of businesses specializing in the growth of eco- tourism.
The chair of Loreto´s Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism, Victor Valdivia, stated that the tourist sector grew by 9 percent in 2012 and he expects to see an additional increase of 10 percent in 2014.
Valdivia said that two river transportation companies will be opening in Loreto next year.
“These companies will run a project that includes the construction of ships, docks and other services related to tourism transport throughout the Amazon River”, Valdivia told Andina news agency.
Nelson Torres, the president of Ucayali’s Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, mentioned that trade is another important economic growth driver in the Peruvian Amazon.
He mentioned that importation has allowed the locals more options and has helped to increase construction in the Ucayali region.
Additionally, Torres mentioned two upcoming projects that are expected to boost tourism in the region a railroad connecting Iquitos to Yurimaguas, and the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Loreto.