Bumper year for foreign visitors to Brazil

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Brazil drew a record number of foreign visitors in 2017, attracting 6,558,770 tourists or 0.6 percent more than the year before, the Tourism Ministry said on Monday.

Last year’s figure topped 2016, when Brazil hosted the Olympic games and 6,546,696 foreign visitors entered the country, and 2014, when it hosted the FIFA World Cup of football and 6,429,852 tourists visited the South American country.

Tourism to Brazil in 2017 was spearheaded mainly by its neighbors. As many as 4.1 million South Americans visited the country, or 11.1 percent more than the year before, when the number stood at 3.7 million.

In all, South Americans accounted for 62.4 percent of Brazil’s foreign visitors, according to Brazilian Tourism Ministry.

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