Representatives of the tourism sector in Brazil and Portugal discussed the development of tourism and casinos and analysed working together.
Brazil.- The Brazilian Tourism Institute (Embratur) continues to work to legalise casinos. The president of Embratur, Gilson Machado Neto, met his Portuguese colleague to analyse the development of the industry.
Gilson Machado Neto shared his experience with the President of Tourism of Portugal, Luis Araújo in Lisbon. They discussed the tourism management model of Brazil and Portugal, and highlighted the importance of attracting foreign tourists.
“Portugal is a case of success in tourism since it receives more than double its tourist population. This conversation is important to improve our relationship and understand what was done,” Gilson explained. He added: “We saw the robust structure of Portuguese tourism, which with investments achieves these results. We will promote ecotourism to the Portuguese and strengthen the relationship between our countries.”
He added that tourism generates jobs and income and that they need to promote the sector and help the Brazilian economy. “We are open to communicate with Portugal and with all who wish to cooperate,” he said.
The tourism industry in Brazil has shown great support for the legalisation of casinos. They believe that gambling will attract new visitors and reactivate both the sector and the economy in general.
During an interview with Agência Lusa, he said they propose to imitate the casino model of Macao and Singapore. In addition, he revealed that they will propose to Congress the authorisation to open casinos in integrated resorts such as in Asia.
Pansy Ho says Brazil would be an attractive market
Pansy Ho, executive director of MGM China, talked about the upcoming gaming industry in Brazil. The executive said that if Brazil regulates gaming, it would attract local gaming operators.
Speaking at the 2019 Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF), Pansy Ho discussed Brazil’s gaming regulations and what would happen once they’re in place. “I’m quite sure that Brazil, a major country and one of the largest economies in Latin America and in the world.”
Ho explained that if Brazil was to consider opening up and to invite other gaming operators to come and develop the same kind of integrated resorts that Macau has expertise in, “there will be some of the existing gaming operators or even from other parts of the world would be clearly interested,” Macau Business reported.