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December 07, 2011

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Marcio Bernardo

I habe missed feelings about this...

I understand your point it is revenues and tourism helps many small to medium companies, but it the "price" of attracking tourism is to transform a part of Brazil into "Cacun"! I rather stay at 4mm per year thank you very much. I have a feeling that many of our "local secret places" and local culture would be lost catering for international tourist... For me Jericoacoara, Morro de Sao Paulo and to some extent Ilha Grande all had great loss due to large increase in tourism

I hope that costs of internal flights would decrease and a large part of that 17.7 bilion dollars would be spend in Brazil (this is the best solution for me)

Adam Gonnerman

Does Brazil still require U.S. citizens to get messy, inky fingerprints when they arrive in the country because the U.S. takes fingerprint scans of Brazilians and other foreign nationals when they arrive? Reciprocity needs to die a swift death.

Rio Gringa

@Marcio, I see your point and agree Brazilians could do a lot more domestic traveling. But Brazilians really do love to shop abroad, a slightly different roteiro than say, Ilha Grande.

@Adam, yes, I believe for some temporary and permanent visa holders. (Not tourist though, as far as I recall)

Adam

A few reasons why so few people visit:

- Threat of Violence, both perceived and real.
- Its quite an expensive destination, in comparison with neighboring countries
- Lack of trains between cities
- Distance from main markets

RFS

Oh, the tragedy of ink fingerprints! Why are Americans so hated, oh why!

Marcio Bernardo

kkkk RFS you read the whole post and that is your understanding of it?!!!

Talk about bias... you are so hell bend on "proving that she is out to get poor Brazil that it is funny"

She only stated FACTS here...

Rio Gringa

In fairness to RFS, I think he was responding to Adam's comment about fingerprints, not the post. : )

RFS

My comment wasn't directed at her post, Marcio, even though I disagree with her take. This is an ill-timed move. Tourism is an unstable sector, and in times such as those, where the global economy remains shaky and currency fluctuations are unpredictable, any attempt to cater to foreign tourists is bound to fail, IMO.

Corey

All good points, but I think it's a couple things that turn Americans away. I think the lack of familiarity is one. When vacationing, most Americans don't like doing things they're not used to. Look at how many don't even have a passport. When most travel, they either stay stateside, or visit Cancun, or a tourist destination as such where they know the private resorts will have full staffs that speak fluent English and are waiting and willing to get you whatever you need. I've been living in Brasil for a couple years now, and it's rare to come across people that speak English, even in the more touristy areas. Also, the high cost of travel and lodging causes most Americans to rethink their vacation destinations. Most Americans only have a week or two of vacation, so a lot of them prefer something closer than the 12 hour trip (flight+layovers) and paying at least a thousand dollars out of the major cities, and even more if they don't live in NYC/DC/ATL/MIA, etc. I've been able to convince some of my family and friends to come visit, but when they see the price of the trip before factoring in the hotel and local itinerary

Antonio Pastor

It's good that the U.S. and Brazil are making moves to ease the Visa requirements for entry in each other's territory. Increase in tourist receivables in each economy would boost growth and expansion potentials for both states. More cooperation; relaxation of Visa costs, time procedures and bureaucracy; and loosening of entry rules will make perfect examples for other countries to follow suit.
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