Brazilian bookings to the US have doubled in the last year.
Visa reforms by the US Government have encouraged exceptional growth in tourism from Brazil to the United States, according to a new report.
UK-based JacTravel has revealed in its report to the World Travel Market (WTM) Latin America that Brazilian bookings to the US have doubled in growth over the past 12 months.
In March 2012, the US State Department opened new offices in Brazil, coupled with additional processing staff and trimmed visa waiting times down to less than a week.
Demand for US tourist visas has increased more than 60 percent in the past few months.
Previously, visas could only be issued by the 4 US consulates and the waiting time was 100 days.
“In Latin America, there’s a huge appetite to travel and the measures taken by the United States are evidently intended to take advantage of that enthusiasm,” JacTravel director of sales Alexia Renedo said.
“Whilst the exceptional growth in travel to the USA has been encouraged by the new visa regime, there is likely to be growth in travel from Latin America to all overseas destinations,” Reed Travel Exhibitions director WTM Latin America Lawrence Reinisch said.
The Brazilian Government is currently lobbying the US Government to include Brazil in the Visa Waiver Program.