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Machu Picchu: Peru Unveils Plans for New Airport

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According to the BBC, Peru’s President Ollanta Humala has announced a $460 million dollar new airport near Cusco, aimed to boost tourism to Machu Picchu and the surrounding region, despite recent concerns about the impact of current visitors to the immensely popular attraction. The World Heritage site is currently limited to 2,500 visitors a day, and UNESCO has urged Peruvian leadership to make conservation a priority.

“This new airport will not only mean more tourists will be able to come, but it will generate more jobs… and help surrounding communities,” President Humala said… The investment would help the government to tackle poverty, he said, “while always respecting ancient culture”.

For more information, please read the entire BBC article.


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