Tours to Peru as a full destination are becoming more and more popular, and with the upcoming APEC Summits being held in Lima, November 17th – 20th 2016, they’re in the world spotlight and rightly so. APEC Peru 2016 is the year-long hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings which culminate with the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. It marks the second time Peru will be playing host to the APEC and showcasing the best of Peru for visitors, having hosted the event previously in 2008. High-profile CEOs and world leaders will be attending one or more summits to share and learn about policies, initiatives, and technology & business trends. Topics to be discussed are Human Capital Development, Upgrading SMEs, Regional Food Market, and Regional Economic Integration. Tourists from across the world will come to see the sights and sounds of Peru and to work in an opportunity to mix with important international delegations and the more than 1,300 entrepreneurs that are expected to come. Out of that number, at least 350 Chinese entrepreneurs will be in attendance to learn and strike deals while meeting with Peruvian businessmen and their worldwide counterparts and simultaneously enjoy their own tours of Peru. Discussions and meetings are sure to include leaders of APEC providing visitors and vacationers great opportunities to double up and mix business networking into their leisure time. The venues and contacts made in Peru will have a lasting effect making the tourism industry much more valuable that it would be on its own with Peru travel packages highlighting the work and play opportunities that appeal so strongly to today’s business class traveller.
Notable attendees for the APEC Summits in Lima, Peru include United States President Barack Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Managing Director (MD) of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, President Michele Bachelet of Chile, PM Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, and PM John Key of New Zealand.
For U.S. President Barack Obama, this will probably be his last tour of Latin America as head of state since he is winding down his last few months in office. The next U.S. President, Donald Trump, will be inaugurated in January 2017 and will inherit any deals struck during Obama’s visit.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be in Lima to present “The Connectivity Revolution” for his portion of the business summit. During the connectivity event, keynote speaker Zuckerberg will outline ideas on how to connect with Wi-Fi using drones that will function as mesh connected, low-flying satellites. These will be parked high up, but not so high that those on the ground won’t be able to connect wirelessly to them. This would be a breakthrough for Peru that has a thousand valleys and communication difficulties, and if proved successful, would allow other countries with similar geographic challenges to benefit as well. Last year, Zuckerberg met with then President Ollanta Humala during the Seventh Summit of the Americas, discussing the Facebook project Internet.org. And just this year, he participated in the Global Congress of Entrepreneurs (GES 2016), meeting with Peruvian entrepreneur Mariana Costa to explore the entrepreneurial climate of the country.
Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde, Managing Director (MD) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will address the Summit on ‘Why the Empowerment of Women Matters.’ She has stated recently that “Women’s empowerment is one of the key challenges of our time. Targeted government spending on gender equality goals enables women’s empowerment and benefits society.” She is returning to Peru having spoken in October of 2015 for a World Bank meeting about resources and the economy where she stated, “Peru is no longer the proverbial ‘country of the future’—it is the ‘country of the present.’” Peru’s growing importance and development is underscored with this wonderful proclamation.
Returning to Peru will be His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, President Michele Bachelet of Chile, PM Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, PM John Key of New Zealand. These four leaders were in attendance in 2008, the last time Peru hosted the APEC CEO Summit. The country has developed stronger macroeconomic fundamentals compared to their last visit in 2008. Peru’s former Production Minister, Kurt Burneo, is quoted as saying, “There is no doubt the country will show better macroeconomic indicators, such as fiscal solvency. It is not fortuitous that Peru has secured a good place for this indicator of the World Economic Forum report, ranking close to developed countries.” He went on to say, “We have to move forward towards innovation, technology development and institutional strengthening to improve competitiveness. We are talking about various conditions that need to be met.”
A well-produced video titled, “A New Peru,” showcases highlights of the country and lets people know some of what to expect at this phenomenal destination.
And a more thorough video featuring a wonderful assortment of focal points is available in Spanish only, but the visuals are universal, quite lovely, and transcend the language barrier.
By now you’re probably dreaming of your own Peruvian vacation and we can’t wait to help you reserve and properly book your Peru travel package. Contact us today and experience the very best of Peru!