Project for cultural tours of Portuguese-speaking countries handed over to Brazil

26 January 2007

Lisbon, Portugal, 26 Jan – Brazil is set to head a project of the Community of Portuguese-speaking countries (CPLP) for setting up cultural tours of the Portuguese-speaking world, as part of an action plan signed Thursday at the Lisbon Tourism Fair.

In order to develop the project the member states must list their natural, historical and cultural heritage sites with tourist potential linked to the Portuguese-speaking world.

Once these destinations have been brought together, the members of the CPLP plan to publish the tours in order to establish a marketing strategy for them.

Tourism promotion was one of the three areas identified by the Tourism Ministers of the CPLP countries (Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea Bissau and East Timor) during the conference that took place in Lisbon.

Professional training and promoting investment and business opportunities between Member States were the other two areas identified as priorities for the development of tourism in the countries.

During the meeting, the participants also discussed the areas of cooperation to be developed in the near future in Tourism, which was considered to be “the driving force for creating jobs and sustainable economic development.” (macauhub)