The visa waiver launched in Brazil in June 2019 for vacationers from the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan, has yielded the primary outcomes for the tourism sector. The newest information from the Federal Police present a 16% development within the arrivals of American, Canadian and Australian guests between June and December.
During the 7-month interval, a complete of 321.712 individuals from the three international locations arrived to Brazil, in comparison with 277.421 in the identical months of 2018. Of the 4 exempted international locations, Japan was the one one which registered a drop (- 9%).
Regarding the numbers, the United States was the nation with the very best variety of new vacationers in Brazilian territory throughout this era: 34.932 extra guests which represents a rise of 14.8%. Canada despatched 6.650 extra vacationers, a optimistic impression amounting to 26%. The variety of Australian vacationers elevated by 16.3%, equal to 2,709 extra vacationers.
For the Minister of Tourism, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, the figures present the optimistic impression of the visa waiver: “We can see that this was another wise decision by President Jair Bolsonaro to stimulate the Brazilian economy and make tourism in the country reach the level it deserves. It is a strategic opening, with great potential to contribute to the generation of foreign exchange, employment and income through tourism in our country”, he cherished.
Despite the growth within the three international locations, Japanese arrivals fell 4.47% throughout 2019. “It is important to evaluate the case of Japan so that, with the new Embratur, we can work on the massive promotion of Brazil in this country and increase Japanese tourists in our country,” the minister contemplated.
According to the World Tourism Organization, journey simplification measures can result in a rise of as much as 25% within the stream of vacationers amongst international locations. Another technical information that supported the Brazilian authorities’s determination to exempt strategic international locations was a survey made in the course of the 2016 Olympic Games. For 82.2% of the foreigners within the 4 international locations that benefited from the measure, the visa exemption would make it simpler for them to return to Brazil sooner or later.