The president of Embratur, Marcelo Freixo, met this Thursday (16) with the president of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), Aloizio Mercadante. During the meeting, the possibilities of association and the agency's participation in public calls and banking programs were discussed. The expansion of BNDES credit lines for micro, small, medium and large tourism companies focused on innovation, sustainability and ecotourism projects was also discussed.
“We need to see tourism as an export product for Brazil. It is strategic for productive inclusion and the generation of employment and income. In addition, it strengthens cultural identities, promotes the conservation of sociobiodiversity and encourages the regeneration of ecosystems. And all these issues are in line with the policy that the BNDES wants to carry out”, said the president of Embratur, Marcelo Freixo.
The president of BNDES participated in the meeting together with the socio-environmental director Tereza Campello, managers and technicians from various areas of the bank. He accepted Embratur's demands and stated that he will await the presentation of the proposals. "Good projects will be financed here at the BNDES," said Mercadante. innovative solutions
For Embratur's Director of Management and Innovation, Roberto Gevaerd, the BNDES Garagem, Banco de Fomento's investment program in startups, is one of the ways in which innovative tourism companies, the so-called Turistechs, can access technical and financial boost to the development of innovative solutions that improve the quality of the experience of foreign tourists in Brazil.
“We will have the Web Summit in Rio de Janeiro, one of the largest technology and innovation events in the world. Together with BNDES, we want to optimize the opportunity to find solutions, for example, to improve the quality of data related to foreign tourism in Brazil and, thus, have more subsidies for investment decisions in international promotion”, said the director.
Jaqueline Gil, Director of Marketing, Business and Sustainability, highlighted the importance of encouraging the development of innovation with a focus on sustainability. “To encourage more exports of services through tourism, we need to consolidate sustainability criteria and promote climate actions in international tourism in Brazil, in line with the needs of our decade and also with the demands of the tourists we want to attract”, he said.
At the meeting, Embratur also expressed its interest in collaborating in the design and construction of the Valongo Dock Museum, a project that has the BNDES as one of the promoters.