The Peruvian Embassy in India is confident of a 15% rise in Indian arrivals to the South American nation this year. Anne Maeda, Counsellor, Embassy of Peru in India, informed that 5,000 tourists from India arrived in Peru over the course of last year, and that annually, there is an increase of 10-12% in these numbers.“Thanks to the workshops and the promotional activities that we are doing, we expect the arrivals to increase by 15%,” she stated, on the sidelines of the South American Specialist Program presentation organised by the LATAM Airlines Group in Mumbai recently.“Adventure and Leisure Tourism are the major contributors to tourism in Peru. MICE is a very niche market. The connectivity is getting better, so we shall see an increase over time. For us, Asia is an emerging market, in which China and Japan are our biggest markets. India is also important. Indian travellers have already been to South East Asia, Europe, and USA, and they are now looking for newer destinations,” Maeda added.While speaking about the South American Specialist Program, Maeda said that the four-year program had been created to inform local travel agents and tour operators about South American destinations and to certify them as experts.“The Program covers six countries, viz. Peru, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, and Colombia. We also provide the South American Airpass to travel agents, which is an exclusive and private product, and not for the whole market. With the Airpass, passengers can travel to many destinations with just one ticket,” said Marcio Ma, Account Manager – South Asia, LATAM Airlines Group.He went on to say, “Brazil, Peru, and Chile are the top three destinations in South America that receive Indian tourists. We already have daily flights from Europe.” With 338 jet aircrafts in its fleet, LATAM flies to 135 destinations in 22 countries and covers 115 destinations in South America.