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In 2012, Brazil had 5.7 million foreign visitors according to the country’s Tourism Ministery, which represents a 4.5% increase compared to 2011. Of those, 46.3% came from South American Countries.

Developing countries like India, Russia and China increased their number of tourists, with China increasing in 17.8%, or 65,945 visitors.

The Tourism Minister, Gastao Vieira said that despite the advance, the numbers can improve considering the large potential that Brazil has. The minister also said that “to improve foreign tourism, that Brazil must become more competitive by improving its destinations”.

Argentina still number one in number of visitors with 1.5 million, followed by the United States with 595.000 visitors, and then Germany with 242.000.