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LatinNews Daily - 23 August 2021

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In brief: Brazil sees drop in domestic tourism

* Domestic tourism in Brazil has declined in the first six months of 2021 compared to the same period last year, according to the tourism council at the Federação do Comércio de Bens, Serviços e Turismo do Estado de São Paulo (FecomercioSP) business association. Tourism within Brazil added R$58bn (US$10.74bn) to the national economy from January-June – a 3.1% year-on-year decline. When compared to the pre-coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic figures, the decrease is greater still, with domestic tourism income standing 26.3% lower than in the first half of 2019. According to FecomercioSP, the most recent decline is due to a 16.2% decrease in airline income, but this was counterbalanced to some extent by an 8.2% yearly increase in land transport revenues. The business association said that domestic tourism is expected to pick up in the second half of 2021, but that this will depend on the trajectory of the pandemic. FecomercioSP therefore called on the government to incentivise Covid-19 vaccinations, given that these are “one of the essential variables for the safe return” of domestic tourism.