President of Embratur and the Minister of Tourism are honored for the return of cruise ships
Carlos Brito and Gilson Machado Neto have been honored in Santos (SP) for their efforts in the resumption of the sector
The meeting, held at the city's Maritime Port Passenger Terminal, was attended by the president of Clia Brasil (Brazilian Association of Maritime Cruises), Marco Ferraz; the special counselor of the Presidency of the Republic, Mosart Aragão and representatives of trade and companies that operate cruise ships.
During the passage through the Port of Santos, the minister's entourage was applauded by the employees of the place, who put banners around the building, thanking the efforts for the return of the cruise ships and the maintenance of hundreds of jobs in Baixada Santista and thousands of jobs throughout el Brazil. At the end of the meeting, Minister Gilson Machado Neto and President of Embratur, Carlos Brito, received plaques in recognition of their collaboration with the sector.
The Minister of Tourism, Gilson Machado Neto, highlighted the union of all in the sector so that the cruise activity could return. "With the articulation of Marco (Ferraz), with the articulation of President Bolsonaro, we managed to extend the boat season, first, and then reschedule it to return on the fifth (March)," he declared. “Brazil has the capacity to have cruises all year round and it is structuring itself for that. We are getting the ports ready, we are here to partner with all of you,” he concluded.
The president of Embratur, Carlos Brito, thanked the tribute received and reinforced that Embratur is ready to spread the beauties of Brazil and the return of maritime cruise activities in actions abroad. “In international fairs and in several meetings that we have, many with the minister, it is seen that Brazil has a great demand, both from the trade and from the final public. We are in fashion and the return of cruises is essential for us to meet the demand in this resumption. Always count on Embratur”, he said.
For the president of Clia Brasil, Marco Ferraz, the government's help was essential for the resumption of cruises "safely, putting people, health, safety and the environment first." For him, having a permanent season in the country is an objective of the entity. “As the minister says, we want to have a ship all year round, it is a consumption dream, and we are going to reach that moment and the minister is always open to help,” he said, citing that some adjustments in the legislation are needed. carried out.
The special advisor to the Presidency of the Republic, Mosart Aragão, praised the efforts of Minister Gilson Machado Neto and the team of ministers of the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, which is a highly technical team. “Thirty years from now, everyone will remember the best Minister of Tourism that Brazil has ever had, who is Gilson Machado Neto. What he is doing for the country is work that no one else has done,” he said.
Given a new evaluation of the epidemiological scenario of Covid-19 in the country, the Ministry of Health authorized the continuation of the cruise season in Brazil. Thus, until April 18, four ships will travel 19 itineraries that will pass through eight destinations in the states of Santa Catarina, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, including Balneário Camboriú, Itajaí, Porto Belo, Santos, Ilhabela, Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis/Ilha Grande and Buzios.
Sanitary protocols for cruise ships were revised and the Ministry of Health published a new ordinance, with the necessary adjustments, according to the current epidemiological scenario in Brazil. To learn more, access GM/MS Ordinances No. 413, dated February 25, 2022, and No. 418, dated March 2, 2022.