The index of tourist activities in Brazil grew by 2.6% in 2019

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The index of tourist activities in Brazil grew by 2.6% in 2019
Tue February 18, 2020

Regionally, nine of the 12 locations surveyed by the survey registered positive rates in 2019 in tourism


The index of tourist activities in Brazil registered a growth of 2.6% in 2019. The comparison is with the year of 2018. The result is part of the Monthly Survey of Services (PMS), released on Thursday (13) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). According to the institute, the car rental, hotel and catering services, buffet and other prepared food businesses were the main drivers of the expansion last year.

By area, nine of the 12 locations investigated by the survey registered positive rates in tourism in 2019, with emphasis on São Paulo (5.1%), Ceará (4.8%), Minas Gerais (2.8%) and Rio de Janeiro ( 2.4%). The Minister of Tourism, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, points out that the growing expansion of the sector throughout 2019 demonstrates that the measures adopted have brought results to the country.

Álvaro Antônio also reiterated the relevance of tourism to leverage the Brazilian economy. “The data shows that our work is having an effect. We are on the right path, taking the country towards sustainable economic development, always with the objective of boosting tourism and generating income and jobs for the population ”, he commented.

Another positive result was the growth of 3.4% in the sector during December last year compared to the same period in 2018, driven by the increase in revenue from car rental and passenger air transport companies. In December 2019, the highest increases were in the states of Minas Gerais (6%), São Paulo (5.9%) and Rio de Janeiro (3.1%). On the other hand, the most important negative impacts came from Pernambuco (-3.9%) and Bahia (-2.1%).

Conducted by IBGE, the Monthly Service Survey produces indicators that allow monitoring the conjunctural behavior of the service sector in the country. The survey shows the gross revenue from services in formally constituted companies, with 20 or more employed persons, who perform their main activity as a non-financial service, excluding the areas of health and education.


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