Thinking of making Brazil a global tourist destination, Vinícius Lummertz, State Secretary of Tourism of São Paulo, defended the investment of private and foreign capital in projects in the country. In a lecture at the 63rd edition of the National Hotel Congress (Conotel), an event organized by the Brazilian Hotel Industry Association (ABIH Nacional), the secretary also defended the regulation of casinos in Brazil.
“Brazil needs investment. We need to know where we are and where we are going, because when the country is put in the right direction, the capital of the world will come to us. Out of 190 countries, ours is the number one potential in nature tourism and we need to internationalize the sector, because it is not possible to grow in isolation,” he endorses.
Regulation of casinos
The secretary used the meeting to once again defend the regulation and operation of casinos in resorts and hotels. Lummertz presented the audience with functional international examples, detailing how the activity of this business format contributes to the development of the base region and its surroundings, even generating new hotel projects to accommodate excess demand.
“To change reality we need to change our mindset. I'm not afraid of casinos, because Brazil is one of the best financial controllers. What I'm afraid of is unemployment, crime and hopelessness. The regularization of casinos in hotels and resorts will act as an anchor and tourism needs anchors to support the demand that will arise. You can be sure that wherever a casino is implemented, another twenty hotels will appear,” he points out.
The secretary's defense is given, because under his analysis, the existence of a casino is advantageous not because of its revenue, but because of the profitability it generates in the tourist sector, both in attracting and moving travelers, and because of the amount invested in products and services.
Source: GMB / M&E