The return of Brazilian tourism gives a boost to Central Florida’s economy
Orange County, Florida. Since the lifting of international travel restrictions, one of the most important communities in Central Florida has already begun to see a strong comeback, the Brazilian community.
Go Pegasus Vice President Claudia Menezes said the Orlando Bureau of Transportation and Reservation of theme parks was going crazy when the travel restrictions were lifted.
“Orlando is a favorite place for all Brazilians. Bookings are up 300 percent. It’s kind of like a rebirth. Once again happy, busy, loud; we miss those noises Brazilians make,” Menezes said.
Since 1994, Go Pegasus has catered to Brazilian tourists – many of whom visit Orlando in large groups.
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Brazilian tourists are among the first three groups that visit Orlando frequently. Local business owners along the international campaign 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 are eagerly anticipating this return as we know the economic impact of Brazilian travel not just on the Central Florida region but on our entire state,” said Commissioner Baccari Burns. “Add to that with Universal, which is in Zone 6, it’s making a huge economic impact.”
Since November 8, when international tourists returned to Central Florida – the local Perfumeland perfume and accessories 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 Alejandro Bisini. We’ve seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the past two weeks. We expect the second quarter from 2022 to be very significant and possibly return to 2019 levels.”
Marilyn Gregory, a tourist from Brazil, said she was excited to be in Orlando for the first time.
“Today I started shopping early in the morning before 10 am, we were in front of the stores,” Gregory said. “We just arrived last night and I’m amazed at the city, I’m so excited because it’s been two years since we’ve traveled abroad.”
According to American Airlines, there was a 74% increase in bookings to Brazil after the White House announcement – with about 40 flights departing in just two weeks.
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