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Brazil Tourism Hits Record High Thanks to Olympics and US Dollar

Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism has reported a record 6.6 million international visitors in 2016, citing the Olympic and Paralympic Games and a stronger U.S. dollar as the main contributing factors.

The figure represents an increase of 4.8% over 2015, which equates to around 300,000 more foreign visitors.

Foreign tourists injected $6.2 billion into Brazil’s national economy, the equivalent to more than R$21 billion. The amount is 6.2% higher than the $5.84 billion spent on Brazil tourism in 2015.

“I’m not satisfied with the number; I am working for Brazil to receive more tourists,” said Tourism Minister Marx Beltrão, stating that his new target for 2017 is to increase it by another 5%.

To reach that goal, Beltrão will rely on the simplification of visa processing and the opening of foreign capital to airlines.

Matt Kendall

During his 2+ years as Chief Editor at Nearshore Americas, Matt Kendall operated at the heart of both the Nearshore BPO and IT services industries, reporting on the most impactful stories and trends in the sector.

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