By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to the latest figures from Brazil's Ministry of Tourism, visa applications to visit Brazil saw a significant surge from February to July this year, up 42 percent from the same period last year. Analysts estimate the increase in visitors amounts to an injection of appoximately US$41.2 million into the flailing Brazilian economy.

The latest data corresponds to the launch of the electronic visa (e-visa)

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