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Brazil welcomed record breaking numbers of international visitors in 2011

Brazil welcomed record breaking numbers of international visitors in 2011

A record breaking 5.4 million overseas visitors were welcomed to Brazil in 2011, a 5.3% increase from 2010, according to the latest figures from the country's tourism ministry.

Visitors were attracted from all over the world, with Russian tourists up by over 40%, Chinese visitor numbers rising by nearly 48% and Indian and South African guests up by 14% and almost 7% respectively. The influx of visitors enjoying the country's sun and samba is good news for those considering investing in a second home in Brazil as larger visitor numbers mean stronger potential rental returns.

Dean Thomas, MD of DLT Property comments "It is wonderful to see not only other Latin American nations visiting Brazil but also tourists from all over the world touching down to sample the sun, sea, sand and samba this wonderful nation is known for. It is testament to Brazil's appeal that even in a recession visitor arrivals from Europe were also up in 2011 to 1.62 million."

He added ""This is a very exciting time for Brazil. In the face of global economic uncertainty, Brazil has not only survived but thrived; it is now the fastest growing economy in the world having overtaken the UK as the 6th largest in the world and with more international tourists than ever before setting foot on Brazilian soil, the outlook for 2012 and beyond remains very positive. I certainly believe that Brazil has proven itself and now is the time to invest."

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