Brazil’s federal government is going to allocate R$ 10.4 million for emergency construction works in 16 National Parks, which should attract a higher number of visitors during the 2014 World Cup. The Minister of the Environment Izabella Teixeira and of Tourism Gastão Vieira, visited the National Park in Brasilia this Thursday (28.11), also known as Agua Mineral. Around two million Brazilian reais will be allocated to the park so it may improve its access road, tourist information centre, signs and for the upkeep of the pools and lavatories.
The partnership between both ministries has the aim of encouraging tourism in conservation units from 2014 to 2020. The parks that this endeavour is going to focus on are the Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro; the Fernando de Noronha archipelago in the state of Pernambuco; the Iguaçu National Park in the state of Paraná; Chapada dos Guimarães in the state of Mato Grosso; and Chapada dos Veadeiros in the state of Goiás.
“The intention is to increase the competitiveness of Brazilian tourism. Firstly, the idea is to offer tourists more comfort. Almost seven million people have visited National Parks. We need to get ready to treat tourists well”, said Minister Gastão Vieira.
“For example, at the Brasilia National Park, people only use the part with the natural pools, but the park has a lot more potential, like its trails”, said Minister Izabella Teixeira.
The Brasilia National Park has around 40 thousand hectares and plays host to 300 thousand visitors a year. The unit is able to cater for up to 3 thousand people a day. With the allocation of extra funds, the idea is to increase the number of visitors to 400 thousand a year.