Four months ago, when I was told, I had to pick a destination and write about it, I was lost in space. I kept pondering what possible destination could I write about on a six page paper? Lucky enough, my political science class came to the rescue when the professor was lecturing about Latin America. He popped the question, “which country in Latin America, is the fastest developing one?” I threw my hands high and yelled “Chile.” He looked at me in laughter and says that’s the general assumption and said “Brazil.” Voila!-it was like the light bulb just got turned on in my head.
When I was told to pick a destination, I automatically chose one which I am very familiar with; my hometown of New York City. When I heard leelabari was considering researching Brazil I figured why not choose a destination which I am not familiar with. I found interest in Brazil because I knew that the FIFA world cup would take place there. The FIFA world cup is an international football tournament. While taking the HRT 100 course I learned that when countries host events such as this one, the rate of business and tourism skyrocket. I became very interested in how Brazil is doing economically, and business wise.
Tourism is becoming a major industry in Brazil and has an enormous potential (Brazil has it all to become a leading destination) to be the number one tourism destination in the whole world. Throughout prof. Lee lecture, I came to learn that Brazil developing nation status is fading away each year as they astonish the rest of the world with strong economic development and growing international importance. This yearly growth has acted as a major magnet to international tourist, proving to be the reason why in 2011, tourist activity performance was a positive (arrival of tourist at the destination). In Brazil, tourism is a key to the economy development of several regions of the country and this statement is evident because air transportation and travel accommodations were the main beneficiaries with constant investment in new routes and rooms to continue on the success.
Before I continue furthermore, I want to show a brief glimpse of Brazil description. By area, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, slightly just a little smaller compared to the United States of America. It land boundaries is almost connected with all of the countries in the South America with exception to Chile and Ecuador. It has also a long coastline, Large parts of Brazil is scarcely populated, especially Amazon - area, but on the other hand, there are a two huge cities, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo which are the two toured destinations1. Population is estimated to be around 184 million, of which 55% are European descent, 38% mulatto, and more than 44% are black and all these figures are only estimations. All of the Brazilians are descent of Portuguese, Italians, Germans, Japanese, Amerindians, and Africans2. Portuguese is the official language, but also Spanish, English and French are spoken3.
Brazil is the one of the largest producer of agricultural goods, it is the largest in orange juice and coffee and the second largest in soybeans (they supply it mostly to China). Rice, corn sugarcane and cocoa are the other products but agriculture accounts only 8 % of Brazil GDP. Manufacturing sector creates 33 % and services 59 % of the total GDP. The main industrial products are textiles, shoes and chemicals4. Brazil’s geography is a fascinating one. As the home of the acclaimed Amazon Rainforest, as well as the Brazilian Highlands and vast stretches of coastline, this South American country continues to impress visitors in its natural splendor and complexity with beautiful islands.
Recent Development As I stated earlier, tourism has become the driving force of economy activities and infrastructure development in Brazil. As a result new policies and approaches, growing expertise and investment in tourism have brought major