By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Despite political uncertainty and well-publicized security concerns, according to Brazil's Ministry of Tourism, tourism numbers in Brazil are up for the first half of 2018, with both inbound tourism and tourist spending showing increases compared to a year earlier.

The number of foreign tourists in Brazil through June reached 3.15 million, an increase of eight percent compared to the first six months of 2017. An impressive feat considering that in 2017 Brazil finished the year with 6.6 million international Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here