Foreign tourists should inject US $ 9.2 billion (about R$ 22 billion ) in the Brazilian economy in 2014, according to estimates by the Brazilian Tourism Institute (Embratur). If the prediction is confirmed, it will represent an increase of 38.5 % compared to 2012 when US$ 6.64 billion (R$ 15.6 billion) in international currencies were generated.
In 2013 through November, foreign tourism topped US $ 6.13 billion ( R$ 14.4 billion ) in the country. It is expected to end the year between US $ 6.6 billion and US $ 7.7 billion (about US$ 18 billion).
Part of the funds foreseen for 2014 will be generated by the FIFA World Cup FIFA which takes place from June 12 to July 13 in 12 Brazilian cities. Around the year 2014, 7 million foreign tourists are expected in the country, a record number.
“The presence of 7 million tourists probably means generating income superior to the auto industry and the pulp and paper industry resources in Brazil, showing the economic importance of tourism and therefore the need for public and private investment, as we have seen with the expansion of the hotel chains,” said the president of Embratur, Flavio Dino.
According to Dino, we must welcome foreign tourists, and for that it is necessary to increase investments in infrastructure (such as airports) and teach foreign languages to professionals who have contact with these tourists.
“I have great confidence in the need for investments and competitiveness, ie create public policies and private actions to ensure fair prices so these tourists feel welcomed and also economically encouraged to return to Brazil,” Dino said.