Brazil and Turkey renew agreement to strengthen and expand tourist flow between countries
The Minister of Tourism of Brazil Carlos Brito and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu signed a cooperation document
The cooperation agreement for the promotion of tourism between Brazil and Turkey was renewed this Monday (04/25), in a ceremony held at Itamaraty. Embratur was present at the event in which the Ministers of Tourism of Brazil, Carlos Brito, and Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, signed the document.
The Minister of Tourism, Carlos Brito, highlighted the importance of the alliance. "From the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding between our countries, we will strengthen and deepen relations in the tourism sector, which will play a fundamental role in helping the economic recovery of countries in the post-pandemic scenario."
Among the actions provided for in the cooperation agreement are the exchange of information related to statistics, market studies, policy and legislation of the sector; investment and tourism promotion; exchange of experiences in tourism segments, such as ecotourism and cultural, religious, historical and accessible tourism; and qualification actions with exchange of specialists and good practices. The agreement, signed for the first time in 1995, is valid for five years, with automatic renewal for the same period.
The president of Embratur, Silvio Nascimento, said that the cooperation "will strengthen and should expand the flow of Turkish and Brazilian tourists in both territories." In 2020, Brazil received nearly 4,000 tourists from Turkey, a number affected by the closure of borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, however, there were 11,914 entries from travelers from Turkey.
According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Turkey is the 6th country in the world that receives the most international tourists, which confirms that the tourism sector constitutes an important part of the local economy. In 2019, it received 51.2 million tourists in its territory, of which 101,200 were Brazilians. Also that year, Turkey exported 10.5 million tourists to the world.