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Chemical Firm to Invest in Brazil Expansion

Norwegian chemical firm Yara International is to invest $275m in the expansion and modernisation of its Rio Grande fertiliser plant in Southern Brazil.

The expansion, set for completion in 2020, is expected to create one of the most modern fertiliser sites in the Americas and will benefit greatly from the countries growing agricultural industry.

Yara president and CEO Svein Tore Holsether said: “This expansion represents another step in our Brazil growth strategy, further establishing our position in Brazil as a long-term industry player, committed to developing and investing in Brazilian agribusiness.

The project will double the site’s current 800,000t annual fertiliser production and blending capacity, as well as improve health, environment, safety and quality performance by substantially lowering emissions required by legislation.

Tore Holsether further noted: “The project is possible thanks to the acquisition of Bunge Fertilizantes in 2013, creating further consolidation synergies through optimization, automation and de-bottlenecking of the combined assets.”

As part of the expansion, the scope of work will include new warehouses, new acidulation and granulation lines, fully automated blending and bagging equipment for small (50kg) and big (1t) bags, a boiler for steam production, a wastewater treatment plant and rest areas for truck drivers.

The expanded facility is expected to create more than a thousand direct and a further three to four thousand indirect employment opportunities.

Source: Chemicals Technology

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Joao Pessoa: where 91% of visitors intend to return to

A massive 91% of tourists who visited the capital of Paraiba from August to October last year intend to return in the future as pointed out by a Satisfaction and Tourist Demand survey conducted by Sethur-JP, in partnership with the Union of Guides Tourism of Paraíba.

The data was released by Joao Pessoa’s Secretary of Tourism, Paulo Galvao during a seminar meeting in the Verdegreen Hotel who announced that 91% of the 204 tourist participants intend to return to Joao Pessoa in the near future with 96.5% recommending the destination to a friend.

The result looked at positive factors and took on suggestions such as improving the infrastructure of the city, increasing tourist signs and providing more information helpful to visitors.

Most visitors that participated in the survey were from the Southeast of the country (42%), in particular São Paulo (17%), Rio de Janeiro (14%) and Ontario (11%). 23% of participants were from the Northeast with greater flow from Pernambuco (8%) and Rio Grande do Norte (4%). The South of the country contributed to 16%, highlighting the gauchos (7%), Paraná (6%) and Santa Catarina (6%) with the Midwest accounted for 10% and the North only 5%. Six foreign tourists were surveyed; three from Germany, two from France and one from Argentina.

The data was captured at two stations: the Tourist Information Sethur at the Science Station Cape Blanco and the Church of San Francisco in the Historic Centre of the capital. The Secretary of Tourism of João Pessoa, Bruno Farias, stated that all research of tourism demand is important for designing new actions based on hard data. He said “Tourism is a science, and so it should be treated”, noting that the route of economic development through tourism activities should be crafted with professionalism, with a “professional look”. He then went on to say “The contents should order the management to further enhance the policy of tourism development of the city”.

President of the Union of Guides, Genilton Elves, said the research in this category was always in demand because, from a tourist’s point of view, the category may start charging the public managers of the demands identified in the survey. In his opinion, it is essential to have this information so that there is a discussion on a tourism policy with concrete data.

Our Pueblo Do Mar and Tambaba Country Club Resort developments both situated in Joao Pessoa encourage tourists to visit the city as a growing holiday destination which encompasses some of Brazils most beautiful beaches.

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