Brazil and the BRICS countries sign declaration of joint action on Tourism
The online meeting held this Tuesday also recognized the BRICS alliance for Green Tourism to promote the sector in a sustainable way
The Ministers of Tourism of the countries that are part of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) met online this Tuesday (13.07) to discuss joint actions of cooperation and promotion of tourism. During the meeting, organized under the presidency of India, a Ministers' Communiqué was approved, which provides for an alliance in favor of Green Tourism, as an inducer of the recovery and development of tourism, in a sustainable way.
Entre los elementos clave de esta alianza se encuentran la integración de los principios de sostenibilidad en las políticas turísticas; inversiones en la conservación de espacios naturales; creación de nuevas oportunidades de empleo e inclusión social; además de fortalecer las medidas de salud, seguridad e higiene. También hay planes para promover la naturaleza, la vida silvestre y los destinos de montañismo, productos turísticos comunes en los países que integran el grupo.
Tourism Minister Gilson Machado Neto has defended Brazil's potential for Nature Tourism. “One of the main trends in the post-pandemic scenario is the search for natural destinations. Fortunately, Brazil has enormous potential to offer the best experiences in this segment, since nothing compares with Brazil when it comes to natural resources, being the number 1 in known species in the world. We are a continental country, with 8,500 kilometers of coastline and six biomes with different characteristics ”, he exemplified.
Representing Brazil during the meeting, the executive undersecretary of the MTur, Marcos José Pereira, presented a balance of the actions undertaken by the country to protect the tourism sector and prepare it for the resumption of activities, as well as the efforts to ensure the vaccination of the entire population. "Make sure that Brazil has been working to guarantee the necessary conditions to position the country as a safe and responsible destination and contribute to the recovery process of the sector," said Marcos José Pereira.
The BRICS Tourism Ministers meeting also highlighted the importance of strengthening investment in tourism infrastructure. In Brazil, in 2020, the Ministry of Tourism invested R $ 1 billion to restructure destinations. And, currently, there are around three thousand works contracts in force in the country.
The document also recognized the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in the sector and that tourism can be a powerful tool for global economic recovery; the sector currently provides 1 in 11 jobs worldwide.
SUPPORT TO THE SECTOR - Actions to support the tourism sector were based on a tripod. In the first place, the work was carried out in the maintenance of jobs, with the issuance of Provisional Measure 936/20. The second action was the regulation of relations with consumers, guaranteeing the rights of consumers and avoiding the bankruptcy of companies in the sector (MP 948). This measure was reissued (MP 1,036 / 21), extending the rules until the end of 2022.
As a result, a historic loan of R $ 5 billion was made available to help reduce the impacts of the pandemic in the tourism sector, with a focus on working capital for companies and with special payment conditions.
In addition to other actions to restructure and strengthen Brazilian destinations, it is also worth highlighting the launch of the Responsible Tourism Seal, which established health protocols for 15 tourist activities. The documents were prepared in partnership with the tourism sector and had the Anvisa seal. Today, more than 28 thousand establishments and tourist guides have already adhered to the seal, committing to adopt practices that provide more security to tourists and workers in the sector.