Industry Study: Crisis Has Closed 50,000 Businesses in Brazil’s Tourism Sector

The number represents the loss of 16.7 percent of the country's tourist businesses, particularly bars and restaurants, and almost 14 percent of jobs in the sector.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Albertina restaurant, in the West zone of São Paulo, portrays the tourist sector's current scenario in Brazil. Hit by the impact of the pandemic, the establishment announced last July it was ceasing to do business after its doors had remained shut for over 100 days.

"Nobody wants to close, because it means firing people and giving up an economic, personal and professional investment. It's a hard decision, but sometimes it's necessary, it needs to be made," said chef Bruno Alves, who now devotes himself to dinners for closed groups.

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