Tourism in Brazil registers an increase of almost 5% in July compared to June
Sector activity index registers third high in a row and accumulates an advance of 36.1% in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic
Tourism continues to show that, after the most acute phase of the new coronavirus in Brazil, it has recovered its capacity to contribute strongly to the national economy. According to the latest Monthly Survey of Services of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the sector's activity index registered in July the third consecutive rate of growth. The rate advanced 4.8% compared to June, when it had already grown 19.8% in comparison with May.
Regionally, 9 of the 12 Federation Units (UFs) evaluated followed the expansion movement, with emphasis on Pernambuco (18.9%), Distrito Federal (15.4%), Rio de Janeiro (11.5%), Minas Gerais (5.5%) and São Paulo (5.4%). The advances occur after significant losses verified between the months of March and April, a period of great social isolation due to the pandemic, when the index showed a decrease of -68.1%.
The Minister of Tourism, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, celebrates the figures and assesses that the country is moving towards the safe resumption of the travel market. “The data prove that the sector, following rules such as our Responsible Tourism seal, recovers its power to generate foreign exchange and, consequently, employment. We recently launched the National Tourism Recovery Plan, and these results reinforce the industry's potential to face the effects of the pandemic ”, he stresses.
In the accumulated result for the year, the tourist activity index still registered a drop, of 37.9%, pressured mainly by the sectors of restaurants, air transport, hotels, public passenger transport, catering, buffet and prepared food services and travel agencies. . Negative rates are verified in all the UFs analyzed, especially Paraná (-44.1%), São Paulo (-39.4%), Bahia (-39.4%), Minas Gerais (-36.9%), Rio de Janeiro (-32.0%).
SUPPORT - Since the beginning of the pandemic, the federal government has acted to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 on tourism. The actions included initiatives such as Provisional Measure 936, which allowed flexible wages and working hours; MP 948, which regulated consumer relations in the area, guaranteeing customer rights and allowing business maintenance, and MP 963, which guaranteed R $ 5 billion in loans through the General Tourism Fund (Fungetur).
The Ministry of Tourism has also acted to encourage disease prevention in the sector. Launched in July, the “Responsible Tourism - Clean and Safe” seal, made available by MTur, assists the resumption of activities following sanitary requirements and already registers 21,474 adhesions. (Access here). The agency published protocols recommended to 15 branches that are part of the Register of Tourist Service Providers (Cadastur), in addition to a series of guidelines for visitors