Brazil plans to eliminate visitor visas for Americans, as President Jair Bolsonaro seeks to turn around the lagging tourism sector.
Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy but has long punched below its weight in tourism. The country currently receives 6.6 million foreign tourists a year, roughly half that of New York City alone.
Brazil is also seeking to eliminate visas for Canadians, Japanese and Australians.
Other plans to overhaul tourism policy include doubling the country’s spend on foreign tourism advertisements to more than US$34 million by 2023, an existing target of doubling international visits to 12 million annually by 2022 remains in place.