Brazilian travelers expected back in droves
travelers are ready to descend on Greater Miami after a three-year hiatus to
other regions, according to industry experts.
strengthening of the country's currency, the real, against the US dollar is
one reason cited for the tourism recovery.
resurgence began in August, when the number of South American travelers rose
5% from a year earlier, according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors
Bureau. In 2001, Brazil was the second-largest source of international visitors
to Miami-Dade County.
surge of travelers into Miami is happening mostly due to the favorable exchange
rate," said Vicente Cerpa, director of Varig Brazilian Airlines in Miami.
He said most Brazilians come to shop and visit sites ranging from theme parks
Cerpa said Brazilian travelers are eager to come this summer because they are
unsure if the dollar will remain weak and are worried the price of airline tickets
have been coming strong but will be inundating Miami as of July," said
Alberto Karaguilla of Jerry Allen Travel in Aventura.
American travelers are avoiding Europe this year because of the strength of
the euro, experts say.
Nunes, owner of Dumonde Travel, with offices in Brazil and Miami, said it is
becoming too costly for Brazilians to tour England, France, Portugal, Spain
is cheaper to shop in Miami than in Brazil these days," said Mr. Nunes.
He said a stabilizing economy also is luring Argentine visitors.
is a very cosmopolitan city and resembles Brazil," said Mario Magalhaes,
owner of Mariana Tours in downtown Miami. "It is also easy to come - it
is close and inexpensive."