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Brazil Finally Gets a Tourism Surplus

This year, from January to August, Brazil’s tourism revenue rose 36.5%, compared to the same period last year. According to the Brazilian Central Bank, tourists brought a total of US$ 2.1 billion to Brazil, compared to US$ 1.5 billion during the same period last year.

The really good news, according to minister of Tourism, Walfrido dos Mares Guia, is that the incoming revenue has been much more than what Brazilians are spending abroad.


Mares Guia points out that for decades Brazil has had a “tourism account deficit,” but that finally there is a surplus, which this year should reach US$ 450 million.

The Minister says his sector priorities are investing in tourism promotion abroad and training personnel domestically, besides the US$ 69.4 million (200 million reais) budget for the 2007 Pan American games which will take place in Rio de Janeiro.


Tourism Sector Optimistic


Businessmen in Brazil’s tourism sector are optimistic about the coming months. A survey released by the Ministry of Tourism at the end of August shows that 63% of those interviewed expect more business and revenue in hotels and tourist agencies. The survey was conducted by the Fundação Getulio Vargas and interviewed 821 businesses.

Minister of Tourism, Walfrido Mares Guia, says the optimism is based on three factors: strong performance in foreign trade, a domestic surplus and inflation control. He also says that the announcement of US$ 847 million (2.5 billion reais) for highway repairs was good news for the sector.

As for foreign visitors, the Minister says he expects an increase of around 25%. That means that after 4.1 million visitors in 2003, there should be some 5 million this year.


“We have to invest in training people to deal with tourists who come to Brazil,” said Mares Guia.

The Ministry of Tourism reports that the biggest complaints foreign tourists have are about the lack of signs in tourist locations, the fact that those locations are often dirty and problems with taxis and security. Domestic tourists (Brazilians) say the biggest problem is highway repair.

Agência Brasil

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  • Nicole

    I agree with her. Whoever you are Sarah Wood I back you up 100%

  • Sarah Wood

    Brazil Magizne
    I think that the article is a big waste of time and total bull s**t.All it is, is a bunch of lies and needs to be taken down off the internet ASAP. The author can go to hell with all the other people who published this s**t.

  • Guest

    “Lula, let’s show the world the good Brazil”

    Having travelled Brazil for the past five years I am familiar with many places to visit from mountains, cities and very small towns.

    I would love to have the opportunity to promote Brazil from within Canada or in Brazil itself. From within Brazil I can be a native English speaker to help tourists from other countrys.

    I am very experienced and have references which I would be happy to forward to you.

    I have never encountered a problem in Brazil in all the times I have been there.

    Please consider my offer.

    Thank you.

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