Porto de Galinhas will host the Mercosur Ministers of Culture and Tourism meeting
For the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, meetings will take place in face-to-face format
In the coming months, Brazil will host two important meetings between the ministers of Culture and Tourism of Mercosur – a cooperation and integration bloc formed by Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, in addition to other associated countries. In October, Porto de Galinhas (PE) will receive representatives and ministers of tourism from the group. In November, a meeting is scheduled between the ministers of Culture in Maragogi (AL). On the agenda of the meetings are the promotion of sectors and the harmonization of biosafety protocols between nations.
The meetings take place twice a year and, since the beginning of the pandemic, it will be the first time that they will be held in person. “Brazil is proud to receive the ministers of Tourism and Culture, an opportunity in which we will be able to demonstrate our country's preparation for the resumption of tourist activities, driven by advances in vaccination and the adoption of biosafety protocols”, highlights the minister of Tourism, Gilson Machado Neto.
In Porto de Galinhas, among the topics to be addressed at the meeting of ministers of tourism are the harmonization of biosafety protocols, joint tourism promotion - including circuits linked to nature tourism - and the tourist integration of the Jesuits of America South. The Vatican's recognition of the route as a religious itinerary was also the subject of a meeting last week between minister Gilson Machado Neto and Argentine ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Scioli, who discussed the request for an audience with Pope Francis on the subject.
The Caminho dos Jesuitas is one of the main tourist corridors in South America, passing through Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay, totaling 55 Jesuit heritage sites. The Way offers visitors countless experiences along the itinerary that the Society of Jesus followed for nearly 200 years to establish itself in the so-called “New World”. In Brazil, the route consists of 26 municipalities located in Rio Grande do Sul, including, for example, the ruins of São Miguel das Missões, declared in 1983 as a World Cultural Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The definition of the city of Maragogi to host the meeting of Ministers of Culture, in November, took place last Wednesday (08/25), when the Minister of Tourism, Gilson Machado Neto, together with the Special Secretary for Culture, Mario Frias, received, in Brasília, the mayor Sérgio Lira. Topics related to the creative economy and cultural industries, cultural diversity and cultural heritage should be included in the discussion agenda of the meeting.
Currently, Brazil holds the "pro tempore" presidency of Mercosur. Each semester, the presidency of the bloc is exercised by a country, according to the alphabetical rotation criterion.