The 45th edition of the Abav Expo, of the Brazilian Association of Travel Agencies, and the 48th edition of the Braztoa Trade Meeting in Sao Paulo began on September 27th. With the theme ‘reconstruction’, the event comes with new breath, showing a tourist trade hopeful. Among the guests were Culture Ministers Sergio de Sa Leitao and Minister of Tourism Marx Beltrao, as well as presidents of various associations linked to the sector. Mato Grosso’s deputy tourism secretary, Luiz Carlos Nigro, and ABAV-MT president Joary Proenca also honored the launch.
Tourism minister Marx Beltao said he is working to ease the entry visas of foreigners, such as Canada, Japan, Canada and the United States, to be made online and released in 72 hours, and in China, although not totally virtual, already has a number of advances.
“I went to Foreign Relations Office ‘Itamaraty’ to talk about the issue of visas, and they told me it was the principle of reciprocity. What reciprocity, if we send to the United States every year more than twelve million tourists, whilst they send us only 500 thousand ? Simple, we want modernity. If we want to be competitive, we have to get the bureaucracy out of the way, “he added.
Minister also said that he is working with the easing of entry visas for foreigners, such as Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States, which will be done online and with release in 72 hours, and China, which, although not yet fully virtual, already has a number of advances.
Indicators of tourism activity in the world leave no doubt about the importance of this sector for the economies of the countries. In Brazil, the travel and tourism sector is responsible for the generation of more than 7.3 million jobs and represents 3.7% of the Gross Domestic Product. It is an activity that has an impact on more than 52 segments of the economy, generating demands for the services sector and also for the industry.