Sao Paulo, Brazil, 6 July – China saw the greatest growth, in proportional terms, in sending tourists to Brazil in 2006, according to figures from the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism on visitors from 48 countries.
In 2005 over 18,000 Chinese tourists visited Brazil, but last year than figure rose 109 percent to 37,600.
Angola was ranked second in terms of growth of tourist numbers, with a rise of 87 percent, to 26,600 visitors against 14,200 in the previous year.
In third place was Ecuador, with a rise of 27.3 percent, to 19,300 tourists last year, against 15,100 in 2005.
The three countries to send most tourists to Brazil last year were Argentina (921,000), the United States (721,000) and Portugal (312,000).
Altogether, tourists from these three countries account for 39 percent of the 5 million foreign tourists to visit the largest South American country in 2006.
Asia accounted for 3.7 percent of the total visitors to Brazil, with 188,000 tourists. Japan was the Asian country to send most tourists to Brazil (74,600) followed by China. (macauhub)