Brazilian Ministry of Tourism signs memorandum of understanding with WTO
Agreement will allow the resumption of joint initiatives interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The executive secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Daniel Nepomuceno, and the secretary general of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), Zurab Pololikashivili, signed this Monday (14.09) memorandum of understanding to promote the sector for the post-pandemic in the Brazil. The term, signed in Madrid, Spain, seeks to develop and promote the tourism industry as an engine of economic growth, sustainable development and poverty reduction, by creating jobs and valuing cultural and natural heritage.
The memorandum of understanding will allow the resumption of joint initiatives interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a special emphasis on stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship, training of labor and creating investment opportunities.
The executive secretary pointed out that Brazil and the WTO have been developing a close partnership for a long time in search of innovative solutions to realize Brazil's tourism potential and increase the number of travelers in the country, both foreign and national. “The exceptional circumstances experienced this year, although they have frustrated plans, they serve as an opportunity to take advantage of the huge pent-up demand for leisure travel, mainly domestic, at first, ”he said.
Zurab reiterated his desire to visit Brazil as soon as circumstances allow, and offered the capacity of the WTO to provide technical cooperation, in the scope of new projects to be launched under the umbrella of the memorandum of understanding. "With the loosening of restrictions on travelers, the resumption of tourism is an important factor for the reactivation of the economy, particularly in a country of the dimensions and diversity of Brazil," he declared.
The signing ceremony was attended by the Brazilian ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra, Pompeu Andreucci Neto; the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Higino Brito Vieira; and the head of the International Advisory Office of the Ministry of Tourism, Antonio Otavio Sá Ricarte.