Foreign Tourism Brings Brazil Over US$ 2 Billion This Year

According to the Brazilian Central Bank, foreign tourists spent US$ 2.195 billion in Brazil between January and June this year.

The value is greater than the total annual value in any year up to 2002, when revenues added up to US$ 1.998 billion, and is close to the total in 2003, which reached US$ 2.479 billion.

The information includes spending on international credit cards and official money exchanges. The value registered on the first half of the year is 17.51% above the total registered in the same period in 2005, when it added up to US$ 1.868 billion.

Last year tourists around the world spent US$ 800 billion, according to statistics released recently by the World Tourism Organization. Nearly US$ 700 billion were spent in air transportation, an increase in 3.5% in comparison to 2004.

According to the World Tourism Organization, Europe is still the main tourism destination and also where tourists spend the most, with nearly half world expenditure in tourism. In Latin America, however, spending has been increasing and the region is amongst those that invest the most in the sector.

The tourism sector should generate 1.2 million direct and indirect jobs in Brazil up to the end of 2007. According to the minister of Tourism, Walfrido dos Mares Guia, since 2003 there have been more than 600,000 work posts created. The estimate is that this year will be closed with the opening of another 310,000 positions.

Creating work posts is one of the aims of the National Tourism Plan, launched in April 2003, after being debated with the private sector.

"The private sector understands and appreciates the effort made in the president Lula government for developing tourism, which means generating jobs, distributing income and attract resources," stated the minister


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  • Farfalla

    Brazilian hypocrisy
    There is absolutely no reason why Brazi should imposed visas on Americans. Americans come as tourists, with no desire whatsoever of staying in Brazil, that unlike Brazilians who want to emigrate. Fact is the US requires visas of many countries, yet those countries don’t act inmaturely and impose restrictions on the general public as a form of protest. And by the way, Brazil, requires visas of every latin American country not part of Mercosur and all Portuguese speaking nations except Portugal, so the lame excuse of American arrogance in subjecting them to visas is unexcusable.

  • Philip Herold

    Brazilian Visa, Europe, etc.
    My wife and I live in Atlanta. She is from Minas Gerais Brazil. I have been traveling to Brasil for 5 years.

    According to the Brazilian consul, Americans are required to pay a fee of 100 US dollars because this is what Brazilians are required to pay. There appears to be no discussion as to why we need a visa in the first place.

    Both my wife and I agree that it is counter-productive to have a requirement for Americans to have a Visa. Any barrier in the way of encouraging Americans to visit Brazil is detrimental to those who earn living on tourist dollars. My mother took money from her ATM, flew to Brazil and within the day spent it on handy-crafts. How else can you have such a direct transference of money between a wealthy country and a developing one?

    As for Brazilians needing a Visa to visit the US, Iˢ۪ll say this. Those countriesˢ۪ citizens who do not need visas have demonstrated that they come to the US and then return home. I wish it were not the case but, we have many, many people from Brasil here in Atlanta who have over-stayed, or otherwise contravened the conditions of their visas. And for this, their countrymen do pay a price.

  • Donald Reid

    Visas to Brazil
    The visa situation to Brazil is a recipicol rule because of the visas required for Brazilians to visit America. It now takes sometimes up to two months to get an appointment for an interview for a visa for a Brazilian to visit the states. Most Brazilians can travel to Europe without a visa … passport only. I live in the northeast of Brazil, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, and the local beach communities do a pretty fair job of keeping their beaches clean. We have some twenty direct charter flights a month from Europe … none from the states. Beaches are not the only attraction in Brazil … ecology and cultural tourism is the hottest items today.

  • koolest

    how do you guys have the time??
    It really amuses me how people can find time to write purposeless stuff on the internet, then go back to it over and over again, then …
    Come on! Why is this important?? It’s totally out of our control.

  • M.Paul

    Switzerland is not a member of the EU..
    Gosh, hate to break the news to you Ms. Switzerland, but Switzerland IS NOT a member of the EU and the USA does have a no-VISA policy with the EU, not with Switzerland…what rock have you been hiding under??
    You are right but then why the USA…….DOES NOT….. provide the same reciprocity to the EU citizens ???????

    I am from Switzerland. Wealthy and low key country. My daughter wanted to go the the USA for 6 months in a private school.

    Time necessary to get the U.S. Visa …..around 2 months !

    Finally she decided to go to……Toronto/Canada where no visa is needed for EU citizens !!!!!!!

    So a week…in the case of Brazil is much better than 2 months for the U.S. visa !

    Isnt it ?

    America fairness and reciprocity…..I suppose !!!!!!!!


  • Jonas

    visas to EU must be imposed on Brazilian citizens!
    If Brazil is applying reciprocity fees to citizens of countries which require visas from Brazilian citizens (like USA and Canada), why doesn’t Brazil apply that same principle and actually remove tourist visa requirements for citizens of those countries that
    treat Brazilian citizens well and do not require visas to enter them?
    For some stupid reasons Brazil still requires visas from the new EU countries’ citizens:Estonia,Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, etc.- all of them lifted visa requirements to Brazilian citizens more than two years ago (May 1st, 2004), when joining the European Union. Lithuania even signed a visa exemption agreement with Brazil back in November, 2002 – however arogant Brazilian Government is failing to conclude it in 4 years!!!!!!!!
    The only solution I see is to impose visa requirements on citizens of Brazil!

  • Debbie L. Carpenter

    For \”An American\”
    I am an American also and could not believe your comment. I send off for my visa and they return it in 2 weeks or less and it is good for 5 years. People in Brazil can not enter into the United States after a very long process and $100 donation. I have know 30 or 40 people trying to enter the U.S. from Brazil for tourism, and 3 have been given visas. Who are we to talk about how their process? They can fly to Europe also, they only charge U.S. citizens because of our countries restrictions on them.

  • An American

    I understand that as a matter of reciprocity, Brazil requires US citzens to have a visa because USA requires Brazilians to have a visa. If I could make the USA drop its visa requirements for Brazilians, I would do so but I can’t.
    I have been to Zurich, Switzerland twice. I flew there from the United States, without needeing a visa. A previous poster from Switzerland pointed out that the after a couple of months of trying to get a visa her daughter gave up and went to Canada instead for her vacation.
    Like Switzerland, Brazil could drop its visa requirements for USA citzens, even though the USA requires Brazilians to have visas to visit the USA.
    While its may not seem fair to have a visa waiver for a country that does not do the same, Switzerland nevertheless does not require visas for USA citzens, and does get a lot of American tourists.
    As poster Donald Reid pointed out, Brazil has clean beaches and twenty direct charter flights a week from Europe to the Donald Reid’s locale, but none from the USA. With all that Brazil has to offer, I believe that if Brazil would drop its visa requirement it could attract more tourists from the USA, which would be a bonus for Brazil’s economy.
    Even though it would require biting the bullet on the fairness issue of reciprocity, the Brazilians could “laugh all the way to bank” as they go to deposit the money they they would get from the increase in tourism as they lightened the wallets of the “gringo Americans”.
    Next year, Rio will be hosting the Pan American games. With this added attraction now would be a good time to drop the Visa requirement, to make it more attractive and easier for Americans from the USA to attend the games. Once tourists from the USA see all of the wonderful vacation opportunities that Brazil has to offer, I believe that they would continue to return on a regular basis, if going to Brazil were as easy as going to Europe, just a passport-no visa required.

  • An American

    The beaches on the French and Italian Riverias DO NOT have the nice beach sand that Brazil’s beaches have. I have been to Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach in Rio many times and they have alway been clean when I was there.
    Rio de Janeiro has museums and good resturants. With the exchange rate of two reias per dollar and a Brazilian real buying in Brazil as a much as a dollar does in the USA, you double your purchasing power when shopping in Brazil. I have been to London and with the exchange rate of the dollar to the British pound, I certainly don’t go there for the shopping. I have also been to Italy and other continental European countries that use the Euro and with the exchange rate shopping there is almost as bad as in England. Rio and Sao Paulo are the shopper’s paradise. Sao Paulo by the way, is also a much larger city than London, Rome or Paris. The metro systems in Rio and Sao Paulo are also much more modern than those in London, Paris or Rome.
    However, most states in the USA don’t have Brazilian consulates, so for Americans that are going to take a vacation on the spur of the moment, there isn’t time to travel to another State to a Brazilian consulate and wait a day or two to get a visa before leaving on vacation. Due to Brazil’s visa requirement it is much easier to fly to Europe for a vacation than to fly to Rio. If the Brazilian government dropped the visa requirment for US citizens, I would be spending more of my vacations in Rio.

  • ch.c

    Brazil better beaches than EU ??????
    Come on ! A joke what you say.
    In most EU countries, beaches are cleaned……DAILY !
    in Brazil, beaches are cleaned…….NEVER !

    Knowing that most Americans travelling to the EU, go to Paria, London, Geneva,
    Rome, it is not for the Beaches !!!!! There are no beaches….in these cities !

    Thus, obviously, your reasons to travel there are for different reasons….than beaches. It could very well be…, visiting the cities, museums, good restaurants.

    Cheers !

  • ch.c

    to the American from the EU !
    You are right but then why the USA…….DOES NOT….. provide the same reciprocity to the EU citizens ???????

    I am from Switzerland. Wealthy and low key country. My daughter wanted to go the the USA for 6 months in a private school.

    Time necessary to get the U.S. Visa …..around 2 months !

    Finally she decided to go to……Toronto/Canada where no visa is needed for EU citizens !!!!!!!

    So a week…in the case of Brazil is much better than 2 months for the U.S. visa !

    Isnt it ?

    America fairness and reciprocity…..I suppose !!!!!!!!


  • Guest

    An American
    If Brazil would waive the visa requirement for tourists from the USA, the way European countries do, it would increase tourism to Brazil. Right now, Americans can board a plane and fly to Europe for a vacation, but to go to Brazil, many have to travel hundreds of miles to another state to a Brazilian counsulate and apply for a visa or use the mail which can take a week or more, thus eliminating last minute trips to Brazil, with last minute vacations being to Europe instead. Brazil has much better beaches than Europe and if the visa requirment for Americans were dropped a lot more Americans would be going to Brazil instead of Europe.

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