Company has higher revenue with World Cup tourists
Chairman of Egípcia Tour says that time visitors spend in the country and average expenditure are higher than average. Revenue from January through April grew by 22%.
São Paulo – Foreign tourists who came to Brazil to watch World Cup matches are staying longer in the country and spending more than the average. Egípcia Tour’s chairman, Mohammed Darwich, told ANBA this Monday (30th) that foreign tourists are also visiting new destinations in Brazil and have already claimed they intend to return. “They have already realized it is not possible to see the country in a single trip and said they will come back here,” he said.
According to Darwich, each of the nearly 1,700 tourists the company has brought to the country to watch the World Cup spends from US$ 400 to US$ 500 per day. These figures already include ticket and accommodation expenses. Furthermore, these tourists are staying in the country for 12 days, longer than the period usually spent in Brazil. According to Darwich, most tourists come from the United States. Among the Arabs, there are many visitors from Dubai and Saudi Arabia. The company has also received a great number of Dutch, Mexican and Argentinian supporters.
“All the visitors are watching World Cup matches. The majority was hosted in cities in Northeastern and Northern Brazil. Few came to São Paulo, for instance. They showed great interest in eco-tourism, in places such as Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, Pantanal, in the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, and Belém, in Pará,” said Darwich. Fortaleza, in Ceará, Gramado, in the highlands of Rio Grande do Sul, and Florianópolis, in Santa Catarina, are also attracting foreigners.
Darwich said the Egípcia Tours expected to see a decline in packages purchased both by Brazilians to go abroad by and foreigners to come to Brazil this year. As the demand was below average, the company started taking part in trade fairs abroad and looking for tourist partners outside Brazil. “That’s why the number of tourists stated to grow at the Egípcia Tours,” he said.
In the first four months of the year, the company’s revenue grew by 22% when compared to the same period last year. According to Darwich, this growth is driven by World Cup-related tour packages.
For the time being, says the businessman, the amount of Brazilians leaving the country on vacation is below the average from past years. “With the World Cup taking place here, nobody wants to travel,” he said. He stated, though, that an increase in the demand for tour packages after the tournament can already be seen. Destinations in Southeast Asia are among the most sough-after packages, but Brazilians have also purchased packages to Dubai and Jordan. In the latter case, they also visit Egypt and the Holy Land, said Darwich, who is Egyptian and founded Egípcia Tours in 2008.
*Translated by Rodrigo Mendonça