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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Tourism in Rio Grande do Norte: some statistics

IBGE, the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics, published yesterday a report with some figures about internal tourism; this is the first time that IBGE made such study.
IBGE used data of the year of 2003; the full report, in Portuguese, is here.

In 2003, the tourism sector contribution to the total value added to the Economy was only 2.2% (R$ 31 billion, or about US$ 15 billion); notice that 'value added' is something equivalent to 'profits'.
IBGE concluded also that Brazilian families spent only 1.7% of their budgets (about 17 billion) with tourism.
This only shows how tourism is still incipient in Brazil.

Regarding the State of Rio Grande do Norte:
  • In the list of States where Brazilians spent most money with tourism, Rio Grande do Norte takes the 15th position (Brazil has 27 States and one Federal District).
    To mention only the States of Northeast, which compete among themselves for tourists, Bahia was first (Brazilian tourists spent R$ 3 bn there), followed by Pernambuco (R$ 1.6 bn), Ceara (R$ 1.1 bn) and Rio Grande do Norte (R$ 492 million).

  • In 2003, there were 18,700 people employed in the tourism sector in RN; the total mass of salaries was R$ 112 million. This means that the mean annual salary was R$ 6,000, or R$ 500 per month, or, at current exchange rate, about US$ 250 per month.

    These figures are from 2003; even though inflation is at low levels in Brazil, there was a significant increase in minimum wage (it was R$ 200 in 2002, it will be R$ 380 from May 2007), which may have caused a proportional increase in the average salary of the tourism industry. However, by American and European standards, the salaries of people working in the tourism sector of RN are still very low.


    Blogger Robert said...

    Is Dengue fever affecting Natal area?? Obrigado.

    12:14 PM  
    Blogger Issamu said...

    So far this year, I haven't hear about any case.
    Dengue usually strikes during the wet season, usually Apr-May (see weather in Natal.) It is in the water accumulated after the rains that the mosquitoes incubate.
    Last year, the peak of Dengue was in June/July (see post of this blog of July 2006)

    10:37 AM  
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    10:38 AM  
    Blogger Robert said...

    Thank you issamu. Should I get a Dengue fever innoculation if I visit Maracajau and stay by the sea??

    6:07 PM  
    Blogger Issamu said...

    It looks like there is not a vaccine against dengue yet; scientists are researching, but there is not an efficient product yet. Dengue is a tropical disease, the big companies have no interest in researching about it.

    The only way to avoid dengue is by avoiding the mosquitoes.
    There is a good FAQ about dengue here, in Portuguese.

    Make sure there are no mosquitoes in your hotel/room (only one specific mosquito transmits dengue, but it's no easy to tell which is which; just make sure there are NO mosquitoes); make sure there is air conditioner (close the room when you're out, and remind the maidens to do the same); check out how careful the hotel owner and the neighbourhood are: look for clean still water (like plates under vases, old tires, small pools, etc).
    Every year the government launches campaigns on TVs teaching how to avoid dengue; usually people who don't care end up suffering most.

    Most people in Natal (including me) contracted dengue once or more times in the past years. The poor suffer the most, but no one is exempt.
    Dengue is TERRIBLE. You can't do anything but resting on the bed, to minimize the malaise and pain.

    I hope to have time to create a page about dengue.

    10:15 PM  

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