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Published on : Saturday, July 23, 2016
On Tuesday, a statement from the World Tourism Organization was released, according to which the Olympic and Paralympics Games in Brazil will have positive impact on tourism towards the second half of the year. In the report, it is mentioned that world tourism grew by 5% in 2016 in the first four months, in comparison to the same length of time in 2015.
The interim Tourism Minister Alberto Alves says, “The Olympics will be a unique opportunity to show the attractive national to the world. We have everything to make a great event and convince tourists to return and to disseminate Brazil to your friends and family.”
From January to April, 348 million tourists in the world were travelling, which is 18 million more than the numbers in the same period of 2015. The Minister Alberto Alves, says that the unilateral visa exemption – action of the Federal Government led to a partnership of the ministries of Tourism and foreign Affairs. During Olumpic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016, more foreign tourists are likely to increase the number of tourists all over the world.
This action was appreciated by tourism industry bodies such as the World Travel & Tourism Concil (WTTC) and the Brazilian Agency of Travel Agencies (Abav). Taleb Rifai, The Secretary-General of UNWTO, said that the overwhelming response shows how much the people want to travel to different regions. He said, “This proves that tourism is a dynamic and resilient economic sector.”
As per the report, Asia Pacific had the highest growth in terms of tourist arrivals with 9%. South and Central America had a growth of 7% each.