Foreign governments and their ambassadors will be at the helm of the Western Hemisphere’s tourism industry as the U.S. and Mexico work toward a common vision for tourism in the region.
The region’s top tourism companies have been vying for a place in the tourism and business delegation.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Brazil’s Michel Temer will join the delegation for the summit.
But while they’re the biggest names in the business, the leaders are also big names in their own right.
In this exclusive interview with The Hill, three ambassadors from Brazil, Colombia, Colombia and Argentina discuss their respective countries’ tourism and tourism industries, their ambitions to expand their reach and how they plan to attract the foreign leaders in attendance.
The Hill: Your country has seen a resurgence in visitors and visitors’ wallets.
What’s the biggest challenge for the region?
Jens Schreiber: First of all, our economic performance is improving, so it’s great that the tourism industry is growing.
However, it’s important to remember that we’re also experiencing a significant slowdown in the overall number of visitors.
There is a shortage of hotel rooms and rooms are being sold for less than the cost of renting them.
We need to invest in our economy, but the reality is that it’s not possible for us to keep doing what we’ve been doing for the past four decades.
We’ve made some progress, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.
We’re working hard to increase the number of tourists.
We have more than 1.3 million visitors visiting Brazil every year, and this year we’ll exceed the previous record.
This is especially the case in Brazil, which is the most popular destination for international tourists in the Americas.
It’s a very high percentage.
But the problem is that our growth is not keeping pace with demand.
So the problem becomes how do we expand our markets, how do I make sure we have the resources to expand our economies and attract new markets?
The Hill’s Candace Buckles-Kanellos: Brazil is a country of contrasts, with many different cultures and religions.
In the country’s capital, Brasilia, you’ll find a mixed mix of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.
But in the south, you will find Catholicism, Protestantism and other denominations.
Why does Brazil, where religion is so deeply embedded, attract so many tourists?
What is Brazil?
Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking country in the South American continent.
Its capital, Sao Paulo, is known as the home of Brazilian soccer, soccer legend, opera singer and many other famous people.
It also has the largest population of Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians in South America.
Its vast size and diverse cultural diversity make it a place where everyone has a place to belong.
What is the tourism sector in Brazil?
The tourism industry in Brazil is growing, but not fast enough to meet the needs of all.
A good percentage of Brazil’s economy comes from tourism.
In 2016, tourism generated $9 billion, or nearly 9 percent of gross domestic product.
However in the first quarter of 2017, the tourism market was $1.6 billion short of expectations.
That is a huge challenge.
What we need to do is invest in a way that is sustainable for our future growth, which means a sustainable investment model that is not dependent on a single country.
Our strategy should include investments in sustainable development, sustainable infrastructure, sustainable tourism and a sustainable economy.
The key is to make sure that the resources are allocated in a sustainable way, and that they are not diverted to any country that has not been successful in developing a sustainable tourism industry.
So it is important that we create a climate where this industry can grow.
How do you plan to do that?
Joesley Kienle: We need more people in Brazil.
There are 1.8 million Portuguese-speakers living in Brazil at the moment, but we’re still short of the numbers that we need.
The reality is Brazil is one of the most diverse countries in the world, and so we have a lot to learn from other cultures.
We’re trying to find ways to work together.
We want to attract new visitors, and we’re trying our best to create opportunities for those visitors to experience Brazilian culture.
The country is a great example of how to do this.
We all share a common heritage, so we want to be part of that history.
We hope to build a shared future for Brazil.
What are the big challenges you see facing Brazil in tourism?
The big challenge is that we are the most dominant tourist destination in South and Central America, and yet we’re not really a destination for people from Latin America.
It takes a lot for Latin Americans to get to Brazil.
We are the only country in South American with a strong tourism industry, but people from the Americas don’t want to go there because it’s too expensive.