The growth of the Brazilian Sea Cruise sector has an estimated growth of 15% for this season. The seven ships that will dock in the country next year are expected to ship 439,700 people on 124 routes. With a greater operation and more time in the coast, the ships will have a total offer of 440 thousand beds. The president of Embratur, Vinicius Lummertz, highlights the need to reduce bureaucracy and more investments in this segment that can generate a positive impact on the economy.
“We have differentiated potential in this segment, but adjustments are needed. The release period for the construction of a port or marina in Brazil is 12 years, while in the United States, for example, it is three months. We need to reduce the bureaucracy to improve infrastructure and thus compete more effectively with other countries in attracting more vessels and more tourists to Brazil, “Lummertz said.
The president of Clia Abremar, Marco Ferraz, recalls that competing countries like China and Australia, has invested intensely in recent years. There are 457 ships in the world and 90 more ordered and / or under construction. According to him, only investment in the ships ordered is valued at US $ 55 billion.
“The sector grows around 4% per year in Brazil, with the average global growth reaching a significant 40%. China receives 60 ships and Australia 36, while Brazil seven. It is necessary to stimulate the coming of more boats, since only the seven ships will generate 24 thousand jobs this season. There will be 3,500 jobs per ship. The proportion is that every 18 cruzeiros, a new job will be created “, details Ferraz.
The number of ships in Brazil has dropped from 20 in 2011 to seven in the last season. The president of Clia Abremar explains that the downturn is mainly due to bottlenecks in issues such as infrastructure, taxes and regulations and that if the scenario was the same as eight years ago, the sector would generate about 46 thousand jobs in a short period of time. “As we expect about 400 thousand passengers in the 2017/2018 season, if we had 20 ships, that number would exceed one million,” he says.
The south of the country can be considered strategic, due to the geographic location, and in this scenario Santa Catarina stands out with enormous potential of development. This year’s season was opened in Balneário Camboriú and there is also an operation in Itajaí and Porto Belo. Three more ports are in the negotiation phase (São Francisco do Sul, Florianópolis and Imbituba) with positive outcome of the negotiations, the state may become the country’s leading port number with six in total, one more than Rio de Janeiro.
The president of Embratur highlights the potential of the state and the possibility of another gateway for international tourists. “The privileged location for South America, due to the proximity to Argentina and Uruguay, should be enjoyed. Today, many ships pass by, but they do not stop. It is necessary to resolve customs issues in ports so that the state becomes an even stronger destination and may also be another source of tourist boarding, “adds Vinicius Lummertz.
Source: Market & Events