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and political factors. Since then, it has recovered to


4.8 million in 2006.
Table 2:4
Outbound Departures from Brazil, 2002-06
Destination
Total Departures
% change (annual)

2002
(000)
2,338
- 11.6%

2003
(000)
3,225
37.9%

2004
(000)
3,701
14.8%

2005
(000)
4,667
26.1%

2006
(000)
4,825
3.4%

% Ch
2002-06
106.4%

Source: UNWTO and EMBRATUR

Expenditure on outbound tourism increased from


$2.9 billion in 2002 to $7.5 billion in 2006,
equivalent to $1,554 per person. With international
tourism receipts totalling $4.6 billion in 2006, the
overall tourism balance was in deficit by around $2.9
billion, according to the United Nations World
Tourism Organisation.

Tourism expenditures outpace


tourism receipts

The number of outbound tourists is forecast to


increase to around 6.5 million by 2011, according to
Tourism Intelligence International estimates.

6.5 million outbound arrivals


by 2011

2.4.2 Main Destinations


Regionally, Europe is the most popular destination
for Brazilian outbound travellers, attracting some
41% of the total in 2005, compared Central/South
America (30%) and North America (20%).

Europe is main long-haul


destination for Brazilians

Figure 2:2
Outbound Travel from Brazil by Region, 2005

Source: EMBRATUR, 2008

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In 2006, boosted by the depreciation of the peso,


Argentina was the single most popular destination
for Brazilian outbound travellers (particularly for
those living closer to the Argentinean border in
south eastern Brazil), followed by the United States,
Spain, Uruguay, Italy and Portugal. The next most
popular South and Central America destinations
were Uruguay, Chile (relatively inexpensive and
popular with the middle class) and Paraguay (mainly
for shopping). There has been a significant increase
in travel to Caribbean destinations in recent years.
Despite tougher visa requirements, the United States
remains a favourite destination for Brazilians,
particularly for shopping in Miami and New York
(helped by the strong real).

Argentina is most popular


destination country for
Brazilians

Within Europe, the most popular destination in 2006


was Spain, followed by Italy, Portugal and Germany
(where in each case there are close family ties with
Brazil), and the United Kingdom (which is popular
with Brazilians wishing to study English). Japan,
Hong Kong and China are the main long-haul
destinations, but visits to Australia have also
increased significantly.

Spain leads Europe as the


Brazilian destination of
choice

Table 2:5
Arrivals of Brazilian Tourists in Main Destinations, 2002-06
Destination
Argentina
United States
Spain
Uruguay
Italy
Portugal
Chile
Germany
United Kingdom
Paraguay

2002
(000)
345
405
146
118
114
112
79
72
83
43

2003
(000)
350
349
97
151
86
118
100
70
70
41

2004
(000)
419
385
184
188
129
132
119
83
78
49

2005
(000)
453
485
222
198
182
159
167
94
91
56

2006
(000)
559
525
269
228
219
204
179
156
112
98

% Change
2002-06
62.0
29.6
84.2
93.2
92.1
82.1
126.6
116.7
34.9
127.9

Source: UNWTO and country data (different basis to EMBRATUR data on departures).

Aspirational Destinations
Italy heads the list of where respondents of the
survey would wish to make a leisure visit were
money no object, followed by France, Spain,
Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, Australia,
Germany and Sweden.
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