Brazil announces new measures to lure foreign tourists

Published on : Tuesday, April 18, 2017

brazilThe government of Brazil has declared about its plan to introduce the ‘Brazil + Tourism’ program that is actually a series of measures to strengthen the tourism sector of the nation.


Among the measures undertaken, the important ones include the issuance of e-visas, opening of one hundred percent of Brazilian airlines capital to foreign investment and expansion of the regional air network.


Marx Beltrão who is the tourism minister of Brazil said that this program a welcome amendment to a myopia that the government had had with the regional tourism sector of Brazil. He added in a press conference that they had about thirteen million unemployed people and tourism would be the best solution for these people by providing them great employment options.


The minister stated that the country hopes that the number of foreign visitors arriving in this nation would jump from the 6.5 million registered last year to twelve million in 2022.


And, revenues from the tourism sector are believed to expand from the existent US$6 billion a year during that point of time.


Despite this announcement, President Temer is all geared up to sign an executive order lifting the barriers of foreign investment in Brazilian airline companies, this order was not finally signed on account of the turbulence confronted by the Administration and Brazilian politicians.


At present, foreign investors are not permitted to own up to twenty percent of a Brazilian airline company.


Beltrão said that their objective is to increase the competitiveness among companies apart from offering additional destinations and routes. The Ministry of Tourism had proposed to the Ministry of Foreign Relations about the implementation of such visas for tourists from the nations like Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States.


It is also being discussed that there might be certain visa waivers for tourists from different countries. However, the Foreign Relations Ministry has resisted this idea.


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