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Tourism
Visitation at the Falls hits a record high
Tamanho da letra
03/01/2013

On the Brazilian side, the target of 1.5 million tourists in 2012 was reached four days before closing the year. On the 27th, a Thursday, 1,501,330 visitors passed through the gates of the Iguaçu National Park, 7.9% more than in 2011.

A historic record on the Brazilian side of the falls, a historic record also on the Argentine side. On the 26th, the Iguazú National Park recorded 1,325,057 visitors. The park administration estimates to finish 2012 with 350 thousand tourists, or about 12% more than in 2011.

The result

The head of the Iguaçu National Park, Jorge Pegoraro, attributes the growth mainly to the integrated work of all sectors of tourism in Iguaçu and Destination Iguaçu in general.

The Itaipu Social Communication superintendent and Iguaçu Fund chairman, Gilmar Piolla, recalls that Destination Iguaçu came to prominence in Brazil and in the world with the election of the Falls among the world's seven wonders of nature.

 “The image of our destination has never been as positive as throughout 2012,” he said. “The election was a turning point in the history of the advertising of our appeal,” he added.

Goals

In 2013, says the head of the Iguaçu National Park, the park will feature new attractions to ensure more comfort and options to visitors. The refurbishing of the Visitors Center, which is under way, and the deployment of cyclo-trail, which will allow tourists to visit the Falls by bike, are already confirmed as well as the purchase of new buses.

The intention for 2013, still according to Pegoraro, is to obtain resources to develop the project of a new trail at the Falls, which will provide appropriate conditions for all kinds of tourists, including those with special needs and the elderly, and avoid the crowds, a common occurrence in days with more visitors.