Brazil participates in the 116th meeting of the UNWTO Executive Council

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Brazil participates in the 116th meeting of the UNWTO Executive Council
Source: Twitter @MTurismo
June 08, 2022

Tourism Minister Carlos Brito traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to be part of the event

The Minister of Tourism participated this Tuesday (06.07) in the official opening of the 116th meeting of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). On the agenda, the current trends in international tourism, the implementation of the General Work Program, as well as the regional offices of the entity that will be installed in some regions of the world. The Brazilian delegation is also made up of the national secretary for Investment Attraction, Associations and Concessions, Heitor Kadri, and the adviser to the Embratur Presidency, Rafael Luisi.

Brazil is one of the members of the Council, having been elected for the period 2021-2025. On the occasion, tourism indices from around the world were presented, reflecting the improvement in the sector. According to the UNWTO Barometer, international tourist arrivals in January 2022 more than doubled, +130%, compared to January 2021. The Europe and Americas region continues to show the best results, with Europe registering triple international arrivals (+199%) and the Americas doubling their arrivals (+98%).

Also during the agenda in Saudi Arabia, a memorandum of understanding must be signed between Brazil and the host country of the meeting to continue bilateral relations between the two countries. The focus is the development of tourism and, in particular, the attraction of investments for Brazil, considered one of the greatest opportunities in the sector in the recovery period. Saudi Arabia has a US$4 billion fund for the tourism sector and is in the process of diversifying its economic matrix.

"Our priority at this time of tourism recovery is to attract Arab investors to Brazil by showing the various investment opportunities we have in our territory," said the minister. The event continues until this Wednesday, when Carlos Brito will meet with the Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, HEM Al Khateeb.


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