Peru and Malaysia Ink MoU to Boost Tourism

Travel And Tour World | June 28, 2019

Peru and Malaysia Ink MoU to Boost Tourism
In an effort to boost tourism, Peruvian Association of Hotels, Restaurants, and Related Businesses (AHORA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysian Ambassador to the Republic of Peru Chuah Teong Ban.Tourism Promotion Director at Peru’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, Pedro Reategui, took part in the ceremony. He stressed the opportunities presented by this mutual aid agreement.Reategui said improving tourism favors job creation and is important for the Inca country as it generates intensive labor.On the other hand, Blanca Chavez, head of AHORA, stressed that the initiative is important because it fosters cultural exchange and provides the Andean nation the opportunity to host events and gastronomic festivals so as to promote its culinary culture.

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