Mario Vargas is currently Trade Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand representing Promperu based in Sydney, a government agency charged with the responsibility to ensure the growth of companies internationally and promote Peru as a tourism destination. Promperu supports Peruvian business in over 50 countries through our 30 offices around the world.
Vargas first joined Promperu in February 2014 as a Trade Commissioner to Israel, with the aim to expand the knowledge about sustainable tourism within the country. He was head of the team responsible for leading new tourism experiences such as mountain biking, surfing in remote and unique beaches like Chicama, and rural community tourism in a wildlife environment.
Vargas’ role was extended to Promperu’s office in Moscow where gastronomy, cultural and natural experiences were the most important. In February 2018, he was appointed as the first Trade Commissioner of Peru after the PAFTA got into force in February of 2020.
Prior to joining Promperu, Vargas worked in a number of export industries such as agribusiness, alpaca garments, manufacturing home decor products, and travertine.
His vision is to get a 360 degree-view of the tourism industry, with the aim to create job opportunities and promote local economies.
Vargas holds a Licentiate in Business Administration from Universidad de Lima, an MBA from Universidad del Pacifico, a degree in Negotiating and Intercultural studies at Harvard University, and one in Hofstede Insights from Finland.