May 27, 2011
Lima, the historic capital of Peru, continues to achieve important steps in positioning itself as a premiere travel destination, at international level. While Peru's unquestionable main tourism attraction is the legendary Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu; Lima, the capital city, is not only the gateway to the country's many and varied tourism attractions, but a place with a wealth of interesting features, worthy to spend a fair amount of time to enjoy its rich touristic offer, including the now world famous Peruvian fusion gastronomy.
First and last impression for a voyager is the airport where it touches down and from where it departs after a vacation. Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport, was voted, for the third consecutive year, as the "Best Airport in South America", by the prestigious Skytrax Research, at the 2011 World Airport Awards, celebrated in Copenhagen. Ecuador's Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport in Guayaquil and Brazil's Guarulhos Airport in Sao Paulo followed in the honor list, with the second and third place, respectively.
The London-based organization determined the winners based on the responses of over eleven million surveys completed by travelers from more than a hundred nationalities, assessing some 240 airports, worldwide, over an eight month period. The awards are given after a strict and technically oriented selection process which includes more than 39 variables and criteria such as getting to and from the airport; waiting times at security points; Language skills for airport staff; prices at retail outlets; baggage delivery efficiency and terminal cleanliness, among others. Lima's International Airport also received the award for Airport Staff Service Excellence in South America, during the annual ceremony, staged by Skytrax Research.
With an award-winning and well reputed Airport, Lima continues to move forward on improving and enhancing the portfolio of world-class Hotels and lodgings, to cater from an increasing demand, both from the corporate and business travel segments, as well from an equally growing demand from the tour and leisure travel segments. In this context, the first Westin Hotel in South America is now on its soft opening stage, precisely in Lima, Peru. Located in the trendy and posh San Isidro business district, the Westin Lima Hotel becomes a luxury beacon of Lima's economic growth. The 140 million-dollar investment by the Brescia Group is also the tallest building in Peru, at 118 meters (387 feet) of altitude over the ground. The five-star Hotel has 301 luxury guest rooms and features Peru's largest convention center; a fine addition to the city's hotel infrastructure.
Another International chain is opening the four-star Miraflores Ibis Hotel, associated with the prestigious Accor Group, and, according to Ibis officials, "the idea is to offer all the services of a brand new four-star hotel, at the price of a three-star hotel". Located in one of Lima's most attractive and touristic districts, the Miraflores Ibis Hotel is close to the Pacific coastline and within the epicenter of some of the Peruvian capital's best eateries. Their marketing strategy has a special accent on catering for individual travelers who make their reservations on line. These new investments clearly show how Lima and Peru are faring through a visitors' boom and enhance the city's offer for travelers, providing international-class services and facilities for all the budgets and travel segments. Best airport in South America; brand new hotels blooming; history, culture, nature and architectonic attractions; together with hospitality, fine service and outstanding cuisine are the perfect combination to lure more voyagers into Peru and its lively capital city.