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Minister of Tourism and Director-General of Aneel discuss measures to support the tourism sector

 24/04/2021 | Posted by: Newsroom Visit Brazil
Machado Neto and Pepitone Credit: Kiara Mila / MTur
Machado Neto and Pepitone Credit: Kiara Mila / MTur

André Pepitone made himself available to have conversations with representatives of the tourism sector. “We have a mediation area at the agency that will be able to promote a dialogue with the energy distributors and representatives of the tourism sector to seek possible solutions.

The Minister of Tourism, Gilson Machado Neto, and the director-general of the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel), André Pepitone, discussed, last Thursday (22.04), measures to support the tourism sector in the country. The meeting started negotiations to seek solutions to make the payment of fines and interest on electricity bills more flexible by providers of tourist services across the country.

“It is known that many companies pay for average consumption, but given the pandemic and lockdowns established locally, it is not possible to charge the average consumption of the period before the pandemic right now, when the sector has demand below the minimum and many establishments are closed ”, defended Machado Neto.

The minister also pointed out that the objective is to provide a breath to the sector, strongly affected by the pandemic. “We are sensitive to the difficulties faced by the tourism sector. This is a measure that seeks precisely to reduce the impact on the overall expenditure of the projects because the energy bill ends up being a high cost. So, our goal is to give a boost to tourism service providers and, in this way, preserve the jobs of those who take their livelihood from tourism ”, added the Minister of Tourism.

André Pepitone made himself available to have conversations with representatives of the tourism sector. "We have a mediation area at the agency that will be able to promote a dialogue with the energy distributors and representatives of the tourism sector to seek possible solutions and ways forward," said the director of Aneel.

-Since the beginning of the pandemic, the federal government has acted to reduce the effects of Covid-19 on tourism. The Ministry of Tourism initiated a series of actions focused on protecting Brazilian tourism and its workers. He worked with the federal government's economic area to guarantee wages and regulate consumer relations in the segment. It also guaranteed R $ 5 billion in loans through the General Tourism Fund (Fungetur).

Last month, Provisional Measure 1.036 / 2021 was published, which extends, until December 31, 2022, the period for rescheduling, issuing credits for use in the purchase, rebates or refunds of amounts already paid for services, reservations and events . The action aims to guarantee the rights of consumers and the survival of tourism and culture, in the face of the pandemic.

MTur also launched the Responsible Tourism Seal, to encourage the adhesion of the entire sector in Brazil to protocols for protection against the coronavirus, bringing more security to tourists and workers. Currently, more than 27 stamps have already been issued to establishments and tourism guides who have joined the initiative and who have declared their commitment to follow biosafety protocols.

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