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NEWS was confirmed by Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary general of the entity, in a meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro and Tourism Minister Marcelo Álvaro Antônio

By Lívia Nascimento

WTO meeting at the Ministry of Tourism with the Secretaries of the Ministry. Credit: Gustavo Messina / MTurThe secretary general of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, has just arrived in Brazil for a series of agendas focusing on the safe and gradual return of activity in the country. One of the first agendas of the highest authority in world tourism was a meeting with the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, and the Minister of Tourism, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio. During the meeting, Zurab reinforced the choice of Brazil as the first country in the Americas to receive an office from the entity. “It is an honor to receive the main authority of world tourism at a decisive moment for our activity in Brazil. After months of great difficulty, where our activity was the first and most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are experiencing the moment of the resumption of tourism. Our work with the OMT will certainly be decisive for the gradual and safe return of our activity and I have no doubt that this partnership will come out even more strengthened from that moment “, evaluated the minister. Among the objectives of the visit, follow the actions developed by Pasta aimed for the resumption of activity, as well as reaffirming the joint work between the entity and the Federal Government. During the meeting with President Bolsonaro, Zurab also informed the interest in partnerships to offer qualification of labor in the sector. Finally, the secretary-general assessed the possibility of holding, in Angra dos Reis (RJ), a Forum with tourism ministers from several countries. Zurab also reaffirmed his commitment to help the country increase the numbers of domestic and international tourism.

President met with WTO secretary general. Credit: Isac Nóbrega / PRA After the agenda at the Planalto Palace, the OMT representative went to the Ministry of Tourism where he met with the Secretaries of the Ministry and part of the technical team to learn about the actions that have been developed within the scope of the federal government. focus on protecting the activity during the pandemic and on actions to resume the sector, as well as attracting investments. “It is the first time that a government gives priority to the agenda of tourism. We are committed to the Brazilian government to invest more in qualification and infrastructure, in addition to opening a publicity office in Brazil because it is impossible to develop tourism without a good qualification. We have products and methodologies that we are going to bring here in order to train young Brazilians for this market ”, compromised Zurab.INOVAÇÃO – Among the key differentials for the resumption of tourism is innovation. And MTur’s partnership with the World Tourism Organization has already resulted in important achievements, such as the 1st Brazilian Tourism Innovation Challenge and the decision to install Wakalua in Brazil, the first global center dedicated to combining innovative actions with tourism. “ Innovation will be an important differential to increase the competitiveness of Brazil in this moment of resumption of activities, and the strengthening of the partnership with the OMT will certainly allow us to have a significant gain in the quality of the tourist products we offer ”, concluded Minister Marcelo Álvaro Antônio. CHALLENGE – The 1st Brazilian Challenge of Innovation in Tourism sought solutions for the resumption of tourist activities in the country through technological-based projects that respond both to the immediate needs of the post-pandemic context and to the general challenges of Brazilian tourism. Almost 800 startups entered the competition and the 10 finalists were classified for the semifinals of the third edition of the UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition, a global challenge promoted by OMT in partnership with Wakalua. Edition: Rafael Brais

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