The secretary general of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, highlighted on Wednesday (27.05) the tourist potential of Brazil and how this vocation will be important in the country’s recovery after the new coronavirus pandemic. Through social networks, the WTO, linked to the United Nations (UN), sent votes of solidarity and guaranteed support for actions developed in the sector.
In a video published on the entity’s Twitter and Instagram, Zurab Pololikashvili cited Brazil as an example in adopting measures aimed at strengthening tourism. “Brazil is a country with a unique spirit, with immense cultural and natural wealth, and is an example of how tourism can transform lives. Brazil has placed tourism as one of its pillars for development. The WTO supports this vision, in the certainty that tourism will lead the recovery and create opportunities for all ”, he said.
The Brazilian Ministry of Tourism maintains permanent contact with representatives of the sector and other public bodies to promote actions to face the impacts of the pandemic. The measures developed include, for example, Provisional Measure 936, aimed at maintaining jobs, which includes demands from the segment forwarded to the Economy Folder.
In conjunction with the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Tourism drafted a PM that defines rules for the rescheduling and cancellation of tourist and cultural services. The MTur also published a decree that facilitates access to credit from the General Tourism Fund (Fungetur) by companies in the sector, which have a total of R $ 5 billion in loans, provided for in MP 963.
Initiatives organized by the MTur also aim to return to normality. In this sense, the agency develops the campaign “Don’t cancel, reschedule!”, Which seeks to provide the maintenance of contracted packages and services and guarantee the preservation of jobs. Pasta also launched the “Protected Tourist” seal, the first stage of a program that will create health safety protocols and good practices for each of the sector’s segments.
The seal is part of the Brazilian Tourism Recovery Plan, coordinated by the MTur, which seeks to minimize the effects of Covid-19 and prepare the sector for a gradual return. The agency is already working on a series of actions for the post-pandemic, articulated jointly with the public and private sectors. In addition to preparing a campaign to encourage domestic travel, the agency intends to structure road tourism, based on integration with other modes of transport, facilitating the creation of itineraries integrated by travelers.