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Latam Tourism ministers gather in northeast Brazil for a forum on development

Friday, November 18th 2011 - 22:04 UTC
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IDB president Luis Alberto Moreno and the UNWTO Secretary General, Taleb Rifai will be attending the event IDB president Luis Alberto Moreno and the UNWTO Secretary General, Taleb Rifai will be attending the event

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the government of Ceará, Brazil, will bring together international and national experts to debate the impact of tourism on development, social inclusion, and regional integration in the Americas.

The conference on November 28/29 will focus on the relationship between the economic impact of tourism and social inclusion, regional integration, mega sporting events, and natural and cultural heritage.

The event, organized with the support of the government of Brazil and the Banco do Nordeste (BNB), will have the participation of high-profile speakers, including the President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno; UNWTO Secretary General, Taleb Rifai; and the Minister of Tourism of Brazil, Gastão Vieira; as well as other Tourism ministers from Latin America.

The conference is a major step towards consolidating the cooperation between the IDB and UNWTO, as well as a platform to strengthen multilateral and bilateral coordination and joint tourism development strategies in the region.

Categories: Tourism, Latin America.

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  • GeoffWard2

    The biggest reason why there is minimal land-based tourism in South America is the high levels of crime in the coastal towns and cities.

    Fortaleza, where the conference is to be held, has one of the highest homicide rates in Brasil - around 50 killings per 100,000.

    With roughly 23.8 homicides per 100,000 residents - as well as a much, much greater amount of muggings, robberies, kidnappings and gang violence - Brasil is one of the most criminalized countries of the world.

    Cruise ships have a highly regulated itinerary that herds the tourists and minimises deaths, GBH, and the million types of thefts that tourists are exposed to.

    I think the Conference question should be re-phrased:

    “Think not what the tourists can do for us, think what we can do for the tourists.”

    Nov 19th, 2011 - 06:17 pm 0
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