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BTOA Debuts New Brazil Tour Brochure

October 15, 2009
Gorgeous Recife

Gorgeous Recife

For those traveling to Brazil, the Brazil Tour Operators Association’s (BTOA) new 26-page brochure which debuted this week is full of information sure to guide you towards all the wonders Brazil has to offer.

The organization’s 24 active members include AAT American Adventure Tours; Abreu; Air Projects; American Express Vacations; Avanti Destinations; Borello Travel and Tours; Brazil Nuts Tours; Brazilian Vacation Center; BROL/Brazil Online Travel; Chanteclair; Cox & Kings USA; Discover Brazil Tours; Dumonde Travel, 4 Star South America Tours & Travel; Fredson Travel; Globus; HOTUR – Just Brazil Vacations; Marnella Tours; Pan American Travel Services; SITA World Tours; Skyline Travel Specialists; Tourlite International; VIP Tour Group; and Visit Brazil Tours.

Associate members include the Brazilian states of Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará, Minas Gerais and Pernambuco, plus the city of Rio de Janeiro and Iguassu Convention and Visitors Bureau.

BTOA’s “Destination of the Year” for this year is Pernambuco, a state in northeastern Brazil relatively undiscovered by North Americans. The Portuguese settled there in the 1530s and with the riches from sugar cane built ornate churches. Recife, the state’s capital, lies on almost two miles of white sand beach. Near Recife, Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has some 20 churches and monasteries built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Lining the town’s cobblestone streets are art galleries, restaurants, bars, boutiques and charming pousadas housed in centuries-old mansions. Pernambuco boasts 116 miles of gorgeous coastline. In a national survey Brazilians have voted Porto de Galinhas the most beautiful beach in the country for seven years in a row. Lying 215 miles off the coast is Fernando de Noronha, an island paradise for divers and eco-tourists. On this UNESCO Natural Heritage site, tourism is strictly controlled and only a limited number of visitors can dive in pristine waters, kayak with dolphins and snorkel with turtles.

To order BTOA’s new brochure, travel agents can email

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