SEG 24 DE JUNHO DE 2019 - 21:13hs.
After Rio’s governor statement

Lodging and Food sector supports casinos legalization in Brazil

The president of the Brazilian Federation of Lodging and Food (FBHA), Alexandre Sampaio, supported the recent statement of the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, who defends the liberation of casinos in benefit of the economy of the state. 'The legalization of hotel-casino would generate over US$ 4 billion in revenue per year in the country,” said Sampaio.

"FBHA is following closely the movement for the regulation of the gaming sector in Brazil. I am sure that this would bring a significant increase not only for the businesses related to the sector, but also for the generation of revenues in the country's economy and for other states," Sampaio commented.

"The legalization of hotel-casino would allow the handling of over US$ 4 billion in revenue per year in the country, in addition to the generation of 400,000 direct and indirect jobs. This would enhance the Brazilian tourism, giving more profitability, competitiveness and attractiveness," he added.


Sampaio also agrees with the goals plan announced by the governor for the sector. The new management in Rio de Janeiro stipulated time limits of 100 to 180 days for measures to be adopted by the State Tourism Secretariat to stimulate development.

Among the priority measures announced by Witzel are the launch of a kit for the capture of events with the offer of the Rio State as venue for events, as well as the design of Rio's first tourism, handicraft and gastronomy fair.

The list of priorities also includes the State Fair of Tourism, Crafts and Gastronomy in partnership with Fecomércio-RJ, strengthening security for tourists in partnership with civil and military police departments and integration of state agencies involved in the authorization of events to streamline processes. The promotion of Tourism should increase with the presence in national and international fairs, held annually, to increase flow of travelers in the destination.

FBHA’s president still considers interesting to structure partnerships with the concessionaires of the highways, which cross the territory of Rio de Janeiro, to carry out joint campaigns for Tourism with other States such as São Paulo and Minas Gerais. Even use the headquarters of the Museum of Image and Sound, on Avenida Atlântica in Copacabana, to attract large entertainment companies such as Cirque du Soleil.

"We have a lot of work to do in Rio, which is one of the most important destinations in the country. I consider the proposals of the new government to be positive and believe that the strategies outlined could contribute to the resumption of tourism growth in Rio de Janeiro."

Source: GMB / Panrotas