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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - The Ministry of Tourism in Brazil will try to increase international and domestic tourism in the country by taking over and administering areas in the country seen as having ‘high potential for the development of tourism’, according to officials.

"I am very pleased with this step we take in relation to the strengthening of national tourism,” stated Tourism Minister, Marx Beltrão last week after the Planning Ministry handed down an order giving the Ministry of Tourism (MTur) the prerogative over other government entities to lease, administer, assign contracts and . . .

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