Brazil participates in travel exhibition

The Brazilian Arab Chamber of Commerce is to set up a stand at the Arabian Travel Market 2001 based on increased trade between Brazil and the Middle East

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By  Charlotte McDonald Published  February 5, 2001

Brazil will be officially represented for the first time at the Arabian Travel Market 2001 in May.

“The official Brazilian presence is a major coup for the show as it greatly widens the exhibitor geographical reach and is testimony to the expanding reputation of Arabian Travel Market,” said Matt Thompson, exhibition director, Arabian Travel Market.

The country’s involvement follows an increase in business between Brazil and the Middle East. “Last year Brazil exported US $1 billion worth of goods to the region, mainly poultry, paper, steel, foodstuffs, coffee, furniture and footwear,” said Michel Abdo Alaby, secretary general and foreign trade director, Brazilian Arab Chamber of Commerce. “Interest in the Middle East is rising throughout the Brazilian commercial sector.”

The Brazilian promotion will largely focus on the country’s eco-tourism and sports training opportunities. “Brazil is now a world leader in eco-tourism, particularly in the Amazon and Pantanal areas,” said Alaby. “Soccer teams from Saudi Arabia and Oman have already utilised Brazilian training facilities and we see this as a specialised but high potential sector”

Tourist sector investment opportunities will also feature at the event.

“There are good opportunities for Middle East investors in the Brazilian tourism industry with no restrictions, the ability to repatriate profits and with some regions offering incentives, such as preferential land leases or tax exemptions,” said Alaby.

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