Brazil welcomes record number of tourists in 2016 owing to Rio Olympics

Published on : Friday, January 6, 2017

brazil-welcomes-to-rio-olympicsA record number of international tourists visited Brazil in 2016, thanks to the the first Olympic Games held in South America, official data showed on Wednesday.


A total 6.6 million international travelers visited Brazil last year, 4.8% higher than the year before. They injected US$6.2 billion into the Brazilian economy, compared to US$5.84 billion in 2015. These figures were revealed bu Brazil Tourism Ministry.


The largest source of visitors was Argentina, which saw 2.1 million tourists arrive in Brazil. The US comes in second place, with around 600,000 visitors, followed by Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, France, Germany, Italy, England, Portugal and Spain.


“We still have a lot to do to benefit in an efficient manner from the image legacy of the Olympic Games,” Brazil’s Tourism Minister Marx Beltrão said in a statement.


Brazil is the most popular destination in Latin America but lags far behind the world’s top 10 popular destinations, according to United Nations figures for 2015.


France was the world’s most popular tourist destination in the world with 84.5 million visitors in 2015, the United Nations said.

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