“Welcome to Casa Republica!” With those words, Chimu co-founder Greg Carter launched another exciting chapter in the company’s development, announcing plans to open a $5 million boutique hotel in the Barranco District of Lima in Peru.
“Latin America is in our hearts,” Carter told Traveltalk at the unveiling in Sydney this week.
“We fell in love with the place 15 years ago and we believe we are the first Australian touring company to open a hotel in South America.”
Visitor numbers to Peru have doubled in the past ten years, reaching a record 4.22 million in 2015. But despite the nearly double-digit year-on-year growth (9.3%) for the country, accommodation can be a problem.
“The simple fact is that there’s a shortage of good hotels in Lima, especially for travellers who want to stay in non-chain properties with modern facilities and a sense of place, which is the market we are targeting,” Carter said.
“There’s a lot happening in Lima at the moment – there’s a really good feel about the place - and when the opportunity came up to lease this amazing mansion and transform it into a hotel, we absolutely jumped at it.”
When completed, the property will feature seven stylish guest rooms, beautiful public areas, a restaurant and rooftop bar with views of the South Pacific.
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