According to the Ministry of Tourism of Uruguay there was an increase of approximately 22% in the number of Brazilian tourists in the first ten months of that year in the country. Compared to 2016, there were almost 70 thousand more visitors trawling Uruguayan lands. The average consumption per day by the Brazilians in the country also increased: from US $ 100 to US $ 122 dollars. Increase of 44% compared to last year.
Specifically more than 350 thousand Brazilians were in neighboring lands this year and is the second in amount of visitors, losing only to Argentina, which leads the ranking with 1.9 million tourists. The agency also reported a 22% increase in the arrival of foreign tourists, in addition to the 37% increase in the consumption of tourist services. It is estimated that every visitor has left in the country around US $ 103.09 per day.
The goal of the Uruguayan Ministry of Tourism is to reach 1 million Brazilian tourists by 2020. The scenario to reach this goal is stimulated by the increase in demand, with the announcement of new flights destined to the neighbor coming from Brazil. Azul, from December will operate flights from São Paulo and Porto Alegre to Montevideo and Punta Del Este, Gol from Porto Alegre to Montevideo from December 15 and LATAM with flights from Florianópolis direct to the Uruguayan capital from 2018 .