As one of the most biodiverse countries worldwide, Brazil offers a variety of destinations for ecotourists, adventure travelers, and overall nature lovers. For instance, the Portuguese-speaking country holds the record of having the largest number of national parks in Latin America. The Fernando de Noronha archipelago, the Iguaçu Falls – shared with Argentina –, the Descobrimento National Park, and the Amazon Rainforest, 60 percent of which is located within Brazilian territory, are among its most popular nature attractions. It is not surprising then that natural resources were the best-rated pillar in Brazil’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index in 2019.
COVID-19 impact on the Brazilian tourism sector
The Brazilian travel and tourism sector is among the worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to March 2020 estimates, Brazil could lose up to 1.2 million tourism jobs by the end of the year, turning the country into the second most endangered tourism employment markets in Latin America, and among the ten most affected worldwide. The economic havoc caused by the pandemic could also translate into a one third drop in tourism contribution to Brazil’s GDP in 2020.
Immediate economic effects can already be observed. When compared to the monthly revenue generated from tourism in Brazil at the beginning of the year, this sector experienced a significant decrease in revenue since March 2020, plunging by approximately 80 percent in the following two months. As of mid-2020, the recovery of Brazil’s tourism is still uncertain, as this nation continues to struggle with a spike in COVID-19 cases, which makes Brazil the second most affected country by the pandemic worldwide.
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