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Posted on 04/29/2022 12:34 pm
Flamengo Beach, in Salvador (BA). - Photo: Márcio Filho/MTur Destinos
Performance data related to different segments of national tourism reinforce the sector's recovery prospects amid the Covid-19 health crisis. According to the Brazilian Association of Corporate Travel Agencies (ABRACORP), the branch reached a total turnover of R$ 869 million in the last month of March, a number just 2% lower than that recorded in the same month of 2019 (R$ 890 million).
The result is attributed to factors such as the end of restrictions due to Covid-19, from the advance of vaccination, in addition to the return of corporate travel and large in-person events. The sector had already accumulated revenues of R$ 4.3 billion in 2021, an increase of 18% compared to 2020. According to studies by Abracorp, which analyze 11 market sectors, all of them showed increases in March, especially air services, hotels and car rental.
An April survey by the Brazilian Association of Travel Agencies (ABAV) reinforces the sector's optimism. According to the survey, the branch that ended 2021 with a turnover 37% higher than in 2020 (R$ 19.2 billion), domestic travel continues to lead the resumption of tourism. The study shows that, in the first quarter of this year, the most popular destinations were São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Gramado, Fortaleza, Maceió, Porto de Galinhas and Salvador.
Another sign of recovery refers to February and was pointed out by the Federation of Trade in Goods, Services and Tourism of São Paulo (FecomercioSP). Based on the latest data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), there was a 17.8% increase in national tourism revenue (R$ 13.2 billion) compared to the same month of 2021. The advances came from groups such as lodging and meals, with increases of 53.3% and 13.4%, respectively.
Data from Embratur (Brazilian Agency for the International Promotion of Tourism) also reveal good prospects for the arrival of foreigners to the country. According to the agency, with the return of religious celebrations and Carnival out of season, among other factors, more than 530,000 international visitors entered Brazil in the first two months of 2022, according to the Federal Police’s International Traffic System (STI).
“These numbers demonstrate that we are on the right path to further strengthen the resumption of Brazilian tourism. Our country is one of the best in the world in terms of diversity of destinations. We have a lot to offer visitors from other countries and we are working to show our full potential”, highlights Silvio Nascimento, president of Embratur.
Provisional Measure No. 1,101, published on February 22, 2022, again changed the deadlines of Law No. 14,046/2020, on rules for cancellations, rescheduling and refunds in the tourism, events and culture sectors. According to the MP, proposed by the MTur and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the customer has until December 31, 2023 to reschedule or use credits in the rebate or purchase of services.
Another initiative adopted by the Federal Government, through the MTur, in order to support the sector is the availability of the Responsible Tourism Seal, which indicates compliance with measures to prevent Covid-19 in the area. The seal, which already has 31,235 members in the country, defines protocols for 15 tourist segments, including tourist guides. Launched in June 2020, the action placed Brazil among the top 10 nations in the world to implement such measures. (Learn HERE how to join)
With information from the Ministry of Tourism.


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