Embratur negotiates direct flight between Brazil and Australia
The Melbourne-Sao Paulo route expected to start operation in first quarter of 2020
Embratur president Gilson Machado Neto and Australian ambassador to Brazil Timothy Kane met in Brasilia last week to discuss the deployment of direct flights between the two countries. The meeting takes place shortly after the visa exemption granted by President Jair Bolsonaro comes to force tourists from Australia, Japan, Canada and the United States.
The Australian ambassador told the Embratur president that the State of Victoria in South Eastern Australia has the interest and resources to start the flight between the cities of Melbourne and Sao Paulo from the first quarter of 2020.
"This flight will be another tool to expand our air connection, as well as facilitate the connection with other countries, such as New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and even China. From Shanghai and Beijing, the Chinese will be able to reach Brazil with only one connection, "said Gilson Neto, noting that in 2018, more than 150 million Chinese have traveled around the world, with just over 60,000 tourists to Brazil.
In highlighting the benefits of direct flights, the Australian ambassador cited the example of Chile. After the connection between Sydney and Santiago, there was an increase of 135 thousand passengers per year. Currently, Australia is the 21st largest emitter of tourists to Brazil. There were 42,000 last year, an increase of 24% over the total recorded in 2017.
Last week Embratur Marketing Director Osvaldo Matos met with the head of the Israeli Embassy's Diplomatic and Public Affairs Department, David Atar. In the agenda of the meeting, strategies were discussed to increase tourism promotion between the two countries. In 2018, about 33,000 Israelis visited Brazil.