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Zika Will Not Affect Olympics, Says President Of Brazil’s Embratur

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In an interview with Portuguese site Expresso, Vinicius Lummertz said that Brazil expects to receive between 300,000 and 500,000 foreign tourists





In an interview with Portuguese site Expresso, the president of the Brazilian Tourism Institute (Embratur), Vinicius Lummertz, he said 2016 will be the year of  major events cycle of consolidation for Brazil, in a process that began in 2007 with the Pan American Games and then involved the Rio + 20, the Pope’s visit and the World Cup.

Lummertz  said he was optimistic about the performance of the sector in Brazil.According to him, the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 have everything to be a success and the country should become a long-term power of tourism.  “For the Olympic Games, we expect between 300 thousand to 500 thousand foreign tourists. Is undoubtedly a very profitable event for our economy, “he said.

According to the president of Embratur, the real devaluation is attractive for foreign tourists. The prospect of it is that the Olympic Games also promote domestic tourism, similar to what was recorded in the 2014 World Cup held in 12 host cities and extending over 491 Brazilian cities visited by tourists.

As highlighted Expresso, Vinicius Lummertz believes zika virus has low impact tourism, and the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (WTO) does not recommend travel restrictions, with the exception of pregnant women.

“We have not had travel cancellations or reservations, many packages have already been purchased. The zika will not impact the Olympic Games. At Carnival also we do not feel reflection. “

In addition to the world’s biggest sporting event, which will enhance the image of Brazil as a tourist destination, the president of Embratur believes that there is much potential to be explored in the sector, pointing to the segments of the maritime borders, natural parks and historic towns: “Finished this cycle, the country will become a reference in tourism over the next 30, 40 or 50 years. “

{Source: Portal Brazil, with information from Embratur}

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