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05/04/2017 - 14:38hs

Brazil welcomed 5,000 Moroccan tourists

The Brazilian Ministry of Tourism’s Statistical Yearbook shows Morocco was the leading Arab source of tourists to Brazilian cities in 2016, with relevant numbers coming from Egypt and Lebanon as well.

São Paulo – Morocco was the leading Arab source of tourists to Brazil last year, as per the Statistical Yearbook issued this week by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism. Brazilian cities welcomed 4,902 Moroccans in 2016, up 1.3% from the previous year.

However, no Arab countries made it into the list of Brazil’s top 50 tourist sources. The ranking was topped by Argentina, followed by the United States, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Portugal. Overall, 6.6 million tourists travelled to Brazil in 2016, an all-time high and up 4.3% from 2015.

Besides Morocco, tourists from two other Arab countries travelled in relevant numbers to Brazil: 4,435 Egyptians, up 12.1% from the preceding year, and 3,067 Lebanese, down 0.3%.

Brazil welcomed 2,124 tourists from Syria, a 50% drop over 2015. Numerous war-fleeing Syrians are seeking asylum in Brazil. Also visiting Brazil were 2,032 Tunisian travellers, up 17.8% from the year before, and 1,225 Saudis, down 20.1%.

The Arab countries on the Ministry’s list stood out in their continents – Africa and Asia – as sources of travellers to Brazil. Six Arab countries are on the list: Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Three of them issued more tourists to Brazil in 2016 than they did in 2015: Morocco, Egypt and Lebanon.

The Ministry said in press material that Brazil’s hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games was the factor that drove tourist numbers to an all-time high.

The prevailing mode of transportation used by foreign travellers to Brazil was air travel, at 4.4 million people, followed by roads, at 2 million travellers, and then other modes such as waterways.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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