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Friday, November 28

Tourist boom threatens Peru's Machu Picchu

Tourist boom threatens Peru's Machu Picchu: "Unbridled growth in tourism is irrevocably damaging the United Nations World Heritage Site and its surrounding attractions, destroying one of the world's premier archaeological sites, some planners say. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will issue a report in January recommending Peru make major changes to its management of Machu Picchu and the Inca trail, regulating visits to the site. If not, UNESCO says it will place Machu Picchu on its list of endangered sites -- a 'moral sanction' against the Peruvian government's handling of the monuments." Reuters AlertNet Tough message for tourism industry that uses Machu Picchu as the main attraction for visiting Cusco. If you have to get on a waiting list to see the legendary citadel, what does that mean for Peru's tourism marketing.



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