Government figures and top industry experts discuss ways of developing marine tourism in Brazil

The 4th Nautical Congress: Investment in Tourism, held during the 2018 São Paulo Boat Show, brought together government authorities and experts from the tourism and nautical sectors to discuss obstacles to the development of marine tourism in Brazil and ways to overcome them.

The event, exclusively for guests, took place on September 27-28 and was the only marine meeting to promote the nautical sector through municipalities with the purpose of generating income and developing local marine tourism.

Minister of Tourism Vinicius Lummertz, who gave a lecture on the first day of the event, says: “Marine tourism is part of something greater than the ‘economy of the sea’. That is, the ability to use our waters to generate wealth.

“The letter prepared by the Fórum Náutico Paulista (Marine Forum in São Paulo State) asking for support to marine tourism is legitimate pressure on a sector that needs to grow.”

Marco Antonio Castello Branco, president of the Fórum Náutico Paulista, spoke about the economic importance of tourism: “Marine tourism is not just a tour. It’s an economic activity. Only the Tietê River has almost 1,000 kilometers navigable. Marine tourism is much more than just the sea.”

During the event there was a brief online presentation about Dubrovnik in Croatia from its Mayor, Mato Frankovic, who explained how his team controlled the problem of excess cruise ships in the city by limiting the amount and staggering their arrival and departure times, as they were not delivering the quality of services expected by tourists.

The development of projects designed to unify country tourism and marine tourism was also discussed. After some research, it was identified the potential alliance between fields and water in the dams of Paraná state, this union is proving to be perfectly viable.

Angela Soares, from Paraná Projetos, said: “Our Angra Doce project at the Chavantes dam is bringing concrete benefits to its 15 municipalities in that region. In Chavantes, now there are beaches where previously there were only forests.”

The purpose of the meeting was to bring public agencies and private companies closer together in order to shorten the bureaucratic paths that surround this sector. Another point raised was the issue of licensing, where it was stated that public agencies need to act more agile, so that the whole chain can generate income, boosting tourism activities.