A New Growth Plan for Brazilian Tourism – by Gilmar Piolla – O Presente

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a serious affect on the tourism trade in Brazil and around the globe, difficult pre-existing ideas of the market and vacationers’ consumption habits. Restoration plans and objectives must be reviewed, in any other case we are going to see the corporate, or what stays of it, succumb to the truth of the info.

Thus far, it has proven us that the demand will not be enough to make sure the sustainability of present and future initiatives. Vacationer locations that depend on the inflow of foreigners will take a couple of years to recuperate. And home tourism, with rising poverty, report family debt and a shrinking center class, will be unable to ensure fast outcomes for all.

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It is time to react. We must always use the tough second to attract up a brand new growth plan for Brazilian tourism. A daring plan based mostly on the growth of the sector, with the potential to take the nation’s post-pandemic tourism exercise to a brand new stage.

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And what would that plan be? This is able to in fact contain the reorganization of the Ministry of Tourism, which might be strengthened by the incorporation of three necessary vectors of tourism growth and sources of enterprise, employment and earnings: 1) the administration of land for public use in protected areas; 2) the administration of particular areas of vacationer curiosity, specifically territorial, marine and river waters; 3) and the administration of historic and cultural heritage, particularly previous public buildings, museums and collections.

All these areas, at present fragmented, can be united, appearing in synergy, below the coordination of the Ministry of Tourism, strengthened and with a bolstered technical physique, with the attitude of attracting personal funding and creating a brand new sustainable growth agenda for the nation.

Brazil is among the world champions in pure magnificence, however it hasn’t been capable of convert all that wealth into financial alternative. Thus far, environmental businesses have proven little means to make nationwide parks necessary allies for the sustainable growth of communities whereas preserving biodiversity.

The identical goes for individuals who maintain historic and cultural heritage. There isn’t a nationwide coverage for restoring these deserted and time-worn buildings. Regardless of being the eleventh nation with essentially the most World Cultural and Pure Heritage websites declared by Unesco, this kind of tourism attracts few guests to Brazil exactly due to the dearth of funding and partnerships with the personal sector.

The Union Heritage Secretariat – the SPU, linked to the Division of Commerce, is alleged to be the biggest actual property company on this planet. The SPU is liable for the administration of 600,000 federal public properties and can be liable for the administration of sea lands within the strips alongside the rivers and shorelines. Why not have the Ministry of Tourism, along with the federal states and municipalities, consider the potential for higher use of those areas?

Each the allocation of publicly used areas of nationwide parks and the properties housing historic and cultural heritage and the particular areas of rivers and seas have to be accompanied by a brand new regulatory framework for environmental permits, incentive legal guidelines or tax exemptions to draw personal funding.

Brazil is a rustic of continental proportions. Due to this fact, the event of home and worldwide tourism inevitably requires the growth of air connectivity. The civil aviation trade has been one of many hardest hit by the pandemic. Given this attitude, the brand new plan ought to embody an aggressive coverage to chop taxes and the so-called Brazil prices, together with ICMS on gasoline, in addition to a evaluate of tax advantages geared toward encouraging the creation of regional hubs-and-spokes.

This regime of air hubs is ruled by the Nationwide Fiscal Coverage Council – Confaz. Earlier than the pandemic, the factors for creating regional hubs must be reviewed as they hinder the complete restoration of the sector and make it tough for low-cost airways to reach. This consists of enjoyable the foundations that at present stop cabotage flights.

By way of promotion overseas, tourism ought to be included within the agenda of Brazilian exports. Our diplomacy has already proven that it acts with nice competence relating to opening up markets. And it has an extended custom of negotiating with the World Commerce Group – WTO. Why not use the construction and capillarity of Itamaraty’s community of consulates and embassies around the globe to reposition Brazilian tourism in the primary international locations?

On this context, it will even be applicable to mix the experience of Embratur and the Brazilian Commerce and Funding Promotion Company (Apex-Brasil) not solely to rebuild Brazil’s picture overseas, but in addition to advertise our greatest vacationer points of interest in strategic markets. This is able to require a technical restructuring of Embratur and Apex-Brasil to be built-in, much less institutional and extra business.

Tourism relies on picture. Due to this fact, the sum of the efforts of Embratur and Apex-Brasil along with consulates and embassies can be of nice effectiveness to position our services and products within the showcase of world tourism with clever digital media campaigns and cooperative actions with journey businesses, airways and OTAS.

In any case, we’re the land of hospitality that welcomes its guests. However on this respect we nonetheless have so much to develop and we must always prioritize workforce expertise, entry infrastructure, security and certification of locations.

A grandiose plan, with daring objectives and a brand new vacation spot for Brazilian tourism. It’s time to make this occur, as a result of because the poet Helena Kolody mentioned: “For individuals who journey to fulfill the solar, it’s at all times daybreak”.

Gilmar Piolla is a journalist, former Secretary of Tourism, Business, Commerce and Strategic Tasks in Foz do Iguaçu.

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