Chile and Peru showed the fastest growth in numbers of visitors during the first semester of the year according to the South American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (SAHIC).
Chile tops the regional ranking with a 15 percent increase in the number of tourists during the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period last year. Peru is in second place with an increase of 11 percent during the same period.
Chile received over 3 million tourists in 2011 according to the government, which represented a growth of 11 percent compared to the previous year. For the first time in three years, the number of European tourists visiting the country increased by 6.2 percent with Germany topping the list followed by France and Spain.
In March of this year the luxury brand Renaissance Hotels announced its plans to open a property in the country's capital Santiago de Chile in 2013.
Tourism in Peru has been increasing for a number of years; in 2011 the number of tourists visiting the country increased by 13 percent over 2010, with 43 percent of them coming from neighboring countries.
In early August, the government in Peru announced the construction of a new airport in Cusco, one of the most visited regions in the country. This facility is expected to be ready by 2017.
The South American Hotel & Investment Conference will take place in Lima, Peru on September 10 and 11. The SAHIC is an annual event which aims to promote the Hotel and Tourism business and real estate projects in the Region.