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Peru tickles Europe to vote for Machu Picchu as new world wonder

Peru’s vice-minister for tourism, Eduardo Arriarte, announced the launch of a promotion campaign within the countries of the European Union to stimulate the vote for the ancient Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu as one of the new 7 world wonders.

The campaign will be directed and supported by the Peruvian ambassador to Germany, Federico Kauffman Doig, who will prepare the events planned to promote Machu Picchu over the next few months. The new 7 wonders of the world will be announced during the official declaration ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, July 7, 2007.

Whether motivated by nationalism, conservation, curiosity or sheer boredom, more than 4 million Chinese, Indians, Mexicans, Brazilians, Americans and others have cast 28 million votes, organizers say. They have generated 21 wonder finalists which include also the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Acropolis in Athens, Jordan’s ancient city of Petra and the pyramids of Giza.
Also in the running are Britain’s Stonehenge, the statues of Easter Island in Chile, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and the Sydney Opera House.

According to Tia Viering, a spokeswoman for the New7Wonders Foundation, as of Jan. 31, the top seven vote-getters were Petra, the pyramids, the Great Wall, the Taj Mahal, the Easter Island statues, the Colosseum in Rome and Machu Picchu. The Statue of Liberty has stubbornly remained in the bottom seven for most of the campaign, she said.

Article by Wolfy Becker

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