Peruvian tourism officials say tourism to the country’s second-largest city of Lima, where an earthquake killed more than 800 people on Friday, was the highest in history.
The tourism industry in Peru’s capital, Lima, recorded its biggest surge in nearly 30 years in August, with arrivals up 30 percent compared with the same month last year, the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism said in a statement.
The increase is attributed to a rise in the number of people coming to Lima in order to experience the city’s culture, including weddings and other events, the ministry said.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski also announced on Saturday that a state of emergency will be imposed in Lima to allow authorities to provide additional resources for relief and recovery efforts.
In August, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the city, killing more than 700 people.