Brazil sets new tourism record

2013-12-17 11:05
The sun sets on Botafogo bay with the Christ the Reedemer statue on the Corcovado mountain in the background in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Christophe Simon, AFP)

The sun sets on Botafogo bay with the Christ the Reedemer statue on the Corcovado mountain in the background in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Christophe Simon, AFP)

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Rio - Brazil has confirmed a new tourism record with the celebration of its six millionth foreign tourist arrival on Thursday.

Nadia Panis, an Argentine tourist broke the record when she arrived at Antônio Carlos Jobim (Galeão) International Airport in Rio de Janeiro and was greeted with festivities hosted by the president of Embratur, Flávio Dino.  The Rio de Janeiro State Tourism Board  offered her a stay in Búzios to mark the occasion.

Having achieved this historic milestone, Embratur is now working towards reaching a new goal for the number of foreign tourists visiting Brazil next year.  

Hoping to hit seven million in 2014 events such as the World Cup will help to set the new record, as some 600 000 foreigners are expected to visit Brazil during the World Cup period in 2014.  

“Embratur’s objective is to increase the number of tourists arriving next year to seven million, generating more jobs and income for Brazilians”, said Dino.  

Dino also stated that tourism in Brazil had grown by five per cent in 2012, exceeding worldwide growth of three per cent.  He added the number of foreign tourists will reach ten million by 2017.  

Currently, tourism employs around ten million Brazilians and generates 3.6 per cent of GDP.  

The celebrations in Galeão also included a photographic display of the country’s main tourist destinations as well as musicians greeting the six millionth tourist.  The Rio de Janeiro State Tourism Board also offered the Argentine tourist a stay in Búzios
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