This year, the Joint Parliamentary Front in Defense of Tourism (FrenTur) will promote a series of meetings with the most diverse segments of tourism. Called "FrenTur invites", the event aims to give space, within the National Congress, for the sectors to present their demands. The first one, was held on Wednesday (13), and invited the national hospitality sector.
According to the president of the Front, federal deputy Herculano Passos (MDB / SP), the events aim to bring players closer to tourism with the Legislative Branch and will be carried out according to the demand of each segment. "This first 'FrenTur invites' was born of an initiative of the hotel industry, which has several guidelines here in Congress. We like the idea and we are willing to receive a monthly segment. For next month, one is already planned with the aviation sector," said Passos.
The main entities of the hotel industry of the country were invited to the meeting, including the Brazilian Hotel Industry Association (ABIH Nacional), the Brazilian Association of Resorts (ABR), the Brazilian Federation of Lodging and Food (FBHA) and the Hotel Operators Forum of Brazil (FOHB).
One of the topics addressed at the event was the legalization of casinos in integrated leisure resorts. The subject is defended by the Brazilian Association of Resorts (Resorts Brazil). For Alberto Cestrone, president of the entity, these gaming houses are important for the generation of jobs and taxes. "We ask the parliament to consider the existing resorts as the ideal space for installing the casinos," he said.
According to the president of the National ABIH, Manoel Linhares, there is a need to bring the sector closer to the deputies and senators. "Our intention is to show the importance of the hospitality industry in the Brazilian economy and confirm its strength and unity, since the sector's lawsuits are common and should be in Bill 7413/17 that updates the General Tourism Law. This would guarantee the necessary updating, modernization and legal security for the Brazilian tourist trade and, specifically, for the hotel sector."
The need for a rapprochement between legislative and tourism trade was also defended by FOHB's executive president, Orlando de Souza. "We have recent studies, which attest to the great importance of our industry in the Brazilian economy, with a strong impact on job creation and GDP growth. We are here to show our requests, which will help the growth of tourism in the country and we need the support of the parliament," he said.