42nd ABAV Expo: presidential candidates to attend plenary on future of Tourism in Brazil



Márcio Favilla Lucca de Paula, Chief Competitiveness, Foreign Affairs, and Partnerships of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and Brazil’s Tourism Minister Vinicius Lages have already confirmed their presence at the second plenary meeting to be held during the 42nd Brazilian Travel Agencies Congress, on September 25. The main presidential candidates will also attend the meeting to discuss the future of the tourism industry in Brazil and expose their proposals for the sector.

Named “The Future of the Tourism Industry in Brazil: the visions of the UNWTO, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Presidential Candidates,” the second plenary meeting of the 42nd Brazilian Travel Agencies Congress will be held on September 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. Márcio Favilla Lucca de Paula, Chief Competitiveness, Foreign Affairs, and Partnerships of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and Brazil’s Tourism Minister Vinicius Lages have already confirmed their presence. The chairman of ABAV Nacional, Antonio Azevedo, will mediate the meeting.  

The participants will talk about the trends of the industry and how they reflect on the Brazilian tourism market. Ten days before the presidential election, the plenary meeting will also count on the presence of the three top presidential candidates or their representatives, so they can expose their proposals for the sector.

Presented in alphabetical order, each participant of the debate will have 15 minutes to talk.  After that, the mediator will ask a few questions referring to the major concerns of the industry; the questions will be sent to the participants in advance after they confirm their presence. Visiting the expo at the end of the meeting is optional.  

Márcio Favilla Lucca de Paula, from UNWTO, will present global data, expectations of the travel industry, and likely impacts on the domestic economy. Vinícius Lages will talk about the National Tourism Plan (2015-2020).  Among other items, the Minister will introduce programs and goals, talk about strategies to increment the capital and foreign tourist inflow, ways to improve the quality and competitiveness of the Brazilian tourism industry, and plans of the Brazilian tourism industry for mega events. 

The 42nd Brazilian Travel Agencies Congress will be held from September 24 to 26 and will be fully dedicated to the tourism trade, allowing for the exchange of experiences and knowledge, in addition to promoting the debate on themes related to the daily activities of travel agents.