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In Ouro Preto (MG), minister announces National Plan for Resumption of Tourism

 04/09/2020 | Posted by: Newsroom Visit Brazil
Photo: Roberto Castro-Mtur
Photo: Roberto Castro-Mtur

During the solemnity of the Plan's announcement, Minister Marcelo Álvaro Antônio emphasized the relevance of the responsible return of the sector's activities, especially for all those who have suffered for months with the paralysis of tourism and culture.

The Minister of Tourism, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, announced this Thursday (03.09), at the Museum of Inconfidência, in Ouro Preto (MG), the National Plan for the Resumption of Tourism. The initiative is part of the various actions taken by MTur to reduce the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. During the institutional agenda, the minister and the governor of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema, signed a protocol for the development of the audiovisual sector in the state. The activities ended with a light show in the Historic Center of the city of Minas Gerais.

Also attending the ceremony were the executive secretary of the MTur, Daniel Nepomuceno; the national secretary for Tourism Development and Competitiveness, William França; the Secretary of State for Culture and Tourism of Minas Gerais, Lêonidas Oliveira; the president of the Brazilian Museum Institute (IBRAM), Pedro Mastrobuono; the director-president of the National Cinema Agency (Ancine), Alex Braga; and the president of the Minas Gerais Development Bank (BDMG), Sérgio Gusmão.

During the solemnity of the Plan's announcement, Minister Marcelo Álvaro Antônio emphasized the relevance of the responsible return of the sector's activities, especially for all those who have suffered for months with the paralysis of tourism and culture. “We came from a successful year for tourism. 2019 was marked by records and historic achievements, but unfortunately, we were surprised by an unprecedented pandemic. That is why this night is so important: this is the landmark of the resumption of tourism in our country ”, declared the minister.

Álvaro Antônio also highlighted the importance that Tourism and Culture have in Brazil's economic recovery. “Our work doesn't stop there and soon we will have more news to share. Always focused on ensuring the economic recovery and social inclusion of the millions of Brazilians affected by this situation, ”he said. “As President Bolsonaro always says: No Brazilian will be left behind!”, He concluded.

As part of the planned announcements, the Ministry of Tourism also guaranteed the transfer of R $ 3 million to the Minas for Minas Program in order to publicize local destinations and boost regional tourism. The action is part of the state's 300th anniversary, celebrated in December. On the occasion, Sérgio Gusmão, president of the Development Bank of Minas Gerais (BDMG), was also given a check alluding to the amounts that the financial agent is going to allocate to the sector via Fungetur. BDMG has already received R $ 90 million and has already committed another R $ 300 million for credit operations.


The governor of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema, highlighted, during the ceremony, the actions taken by the federal government to face the effects of the pandemic and thanked the partnership of the Ministry of Tourism for the strengthening of essential sectors for the country. “It is a great pleasure for me to participate in this moment. I am very pleased to be here today for this very important announcement for Tourism and Culture ”, he said. "Here in Minas we don't have a beach, but we have many historic cities, a unique gastronomy", he commented.

During their stay in Ouro Preto, the minister and staff from the Ministry of Tourism visited the Museum of Inconfidência, which is today in the old Town Hall and Prison of Vila Rica, located in Praça Tiradentes. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of Inconfidência Mineira and offers a rich panel of mining society and culture in the period of the gold and diamond cycle in the XNUMXth century. Pictures, images, utensils, statues, jewelery, clothing, among other pieces, enhance the museum's valuable and historic collection.

AUDIO-VISUAL - During the agenda, Minister Marcelo Álvaro Antônio and Governor Zema signed a protocol of intention to hire the Minas Gerais Development Bank (BDMG) to act as a financial agent for the Sectorial Audiovisual Fund (FSA), operating credit lines and investment in Brazilian audiovisual.

BDMG's accreditation will expand the FSA's management and investment capacity, making the Fund's operation more efficient. The measure is an important step in the decentralization of the application of FSA resources and in national development. Other steps will be taken in this direction with the hiring of new financial agents and the realization of partnerships with units of the federation.

Since June 2020, the beginning of the FSA's administration by Minister Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, financing and investments for the audiovisual sector were decided. At the first meeting of the FSA committee, an emergency line of credit of R $ 400 million was approved for the cash flow of companies in the sector and the preservation of activities and jobs. In addition, a non-refundable financial aid of R $ 8,5 million was approved to support small exhibitors in the interior of the country who were particularly affected by the temporary closing of movie theaters.

The impacts benefited the whole of Brazil. In Minas Gerais, 16 companies from Minas Gerais in the audiovisual sector, including producers and exhibitors, will have access to emergency credit for the maintenance of their activities and jobs, totaling R $ 34 million; and 34 complexes of small exhibitors from Minas Gerais will receive financial assistance in the average amount of R $ 28 thousand, totaling a support of 950 thousand for the maintenance of their activities.

At the second meeting chaired by Minister Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, measures were taken to guarantee investment in Brazilian audiovisual productions. Operational, budgetary and financial measures were implemented. In Minas Gerais there will be investments in 70 audiovisual projects by 52 mining companies, for a total amount of R $ 36 million.

RESTORATION - The Mother Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição by Antônio Dias, visited by the MTur delegation, had its construction started in 1727 and completed in 1746. The site is undergoing a restoration with resources from the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan), autarchy linked to the Ministry of Tourism. It is one of the most important in Ouro Preto, with a typical interior from the architecture of the first half of the XNUMXth century and an altered facade in the XNUMXth century. Project and construction of Manoel Francisco Lisboa, father of Antônio Francisco Lisboa, Aleijadinho, both buried inside the Church.

The current stage of the works began in January 2019 and focuses its actions on all the integrated artistic goods that were known and investigated until then. The works in progress are in an advanced stage of the physical schedule and include conservation and restoration services, in addition to cleaning and mechanical and chemical cleaning of surfaces, partial dismantling, removal of repaintings and wax layers, consolidation of supports and structuring elements, leveling and reintegration of polychrome and gilding, preventive immunization against the action of xylophages and application of varnishes and other finishing treatments.


By: Redacao Visit Brazil
Salvador BA
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