Co-founder of Apple alongside Steve Jobs, North American engineer Steve Wozniak, was the special guest at the opening, this Wednesday (27), of the biggest tourism event in Brazil. Abav Expo is held at Riocentro, in Barra da Tijuca, in the west zone of Rio, and lasts three days.
During a chat with journalist Pedro Andrade, host of CNN’s Entre Mundos program and former member of the iconic Manhattan Connection, Wozniack, who played a fundamental role in the development of the Apple I, Apple’s first personal computer, highlighted that technology is fundamental to the development of tourism.
According to him, technological innovations make life easier for visitors and can also be used by companies in the sector to increase efficiency, speed up processes and improve cost control.
The 50th edition of Abav Expo should bring together, in total, 25 thousand participants and more than 1,500 exhibiting brands. The event, held by the Brazilian Association of Travel Agencies (ABAV), features the main tourism players in Brazil and the world.
At the opening ceremony, the ministers of Tourism, Celso Sabino, and of Ports and Airports, Sílvio Costa Filho, highlighted the importance of tourism for the country’s economy.
“We know the importance of the tourism economy in Brazil, but we have great potential to be pursued. Tourism represents around 8% of the country’s GDP. But in Portugal, for example, tourism accounts for 18% of GDP.”, said Sílvio Costa Filho.
After 10 years, Rio de Janeiro returned to host the event, the result of joint work between Fecomercio-RJ and Rio City Hall.
For the president of Fecomercio-RJ, Antonio Florencio de Queiroz, Rio has once again become an object of interest for holding events. According to Fecomercio, the expectation is for growth of 15% by 2024.
“The resumption of major events in Rio manages to unite event and leisure tourists. The city has all the infrastructure and good service provision to welcome Brazilians and foreigners. We are regaining our leading role.”
In addition to lectures, Abav Expo has a fair for visitors. More than meetings, the objective is to celebrate business. The event will run until Friday (29), from 1pm to 8pm.
Source: CNN Brasil
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