Return of Brazilian tourism boosts Central Florida economy


ORANGE COUNTY, FL – With the lifting of international travel restrictions, one of Central Florida’s largest communities is already starting to see a comeback, the Brazilian community.

Go Pegasus Vice President Claudia Menezes said the Orlando Transportation and Theme Park Reservation Office was going crazy when travel restrictions were lifted.

“Orlando is the favorite of all Brazilians. Reservations have increased by 300%. It’s a bit like a rebirth. It’s happy, busy, noisy again; we miss this noise that the Brazilians make, ”Menezes said.

Since 1994, Go Pegasus has welcomed Brazilian tourists, many of whom visit Orlando in large groups.

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Brazilian tourists are among the top three groups that frequently visit Orlando. Local business owners along International Drive and city leaders say they are a driving force for Central Florida’s economy.

“We depend on Brazilian travel for our small businesses, so we look forward to this return as we know the economic impact of Brazilian travel not only on the Central Florida region, but on our entire state,” Commissioner Bakari said. Burns. “Add that to Universal, it’s in District 6, it has a big economic impact.”

Since November 8, when international tourists returned to central Florida, Perfumeland, a local perfume and accessory store on International Drive, has seen an increase in sales.

“We saw an immediate impact from the Brazilian market as well as other international markets,” said Alejanrdo Pezzino. “We have seen an increase of almost 50% over the past two weeks. We expect the second quarter and from 2022 to be very, very important, probably to return to 2019 levels. “

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Brazilian tourist Marilane Gregory said she was delighted to be in Orlando for the first time.

“Today I started shopping early in the morning before 10 am, we were outside the stores,” Gregory said. “We just arrived last night and I am in awe of the city, I am very excited as it has been two years since we have traveled abroad.”

According to American Airlines, there has been a 74% increase in bookings to Brazil following the White House announcement – with around 40 departures in just two weeks.

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