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Representatives of the Rio de Janeiro hotel industry visit the Federal Senate in defense of Perse


Mobilization takes place until next Thursday, the 7th

The presidents of HotéisRIO, Alfredo Lopes and ABIH-RJ, Paulo Michel, led this Tuesday, the 5th, a delegation with the participation of several Rio de Janeiro hotel businesspeople in an act in defense of the Emergency Program for the Resumption of the Hotel Sector. Events (Perse), in the plenary of the Federal Senate. The national mobilization, which was attended by more than 1 thousand people, represented a historic moment in the hotel industry and was organized by FFPotel (Mixed Parliamentary Front for Brazilian Hotel Industry) and by parliamentary fronts from the tourism and events sector and associations in the segments, such as the Brazilian Hotel Industry Association (ABIH Nacional).

In the afternoon, visits to the offices of parliamentarians from the Federal Senate and the Chamber of Deputies began to show the importance of this initiative for the tourism and events sector. On the occasion, printed material with information about the program was distributed. The agenda continues tomorrow, the 6th, and only ends on Thursday, the 7th, after visits to the 47 federal deputies of Rio de Janeiro.

The president of HotéisRIO, Alfredo Lopes, highlighted that the movement in Brasília was a historic event, with the largest presence of hoteliers ever in the Senate. “I believe that parliamentarians were impressed with the mobilization, which showed the importance of continuing Perse for maintaining jobs, in addition to benefiting the government's own revenue. It was clearly demonstrated that, despite the tax discount, the benefits were much greater due to the maintenance of jobs and economic activity”.

Paulo Michel, president of ABIH RJ, believes that the presence of so many hotel representatives in the Senate today was essential to show the strength of the hotel and tourism industry and for authorities to become aware of the importance of tourism for the country's economy. “We make our revenue generation potential clear, including for public coffers. However, we need the program to be maintained, as the pandemic has greatly damaged the segment, and it is still in the recovery phase. We left the meeting with very good expectations and with very important support in parliament”.

Perse was established by Law n⁰. 14,148/2021 with the aim of promoting the economic recovery of the sectors most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, at the end of 2023, with the objective of meeting the fiscal target of zero deficit foreseen in the 2024 budget, the Federal Government resorted to MP 1,202/2023, which gradually revokes the benefits of the program. The provisional measure needs to be assessed by the National Congress, in the Chamber and in the Senate. Together, the tourism, travel and events sectors represent 3.7 million jobs and 4.5% of the National GDP. In 2023 alone, they generated more than 234 thousand new jobs and increased the federal government's revenue, through the renegotiation of tax debts, by more than 28 billion reais.

For representatives of the Mixed Parliamentary Front, provisional measure 1202 contradicts the supreme decision of the Chamber of Deputies and the Federal Senate, which approved the program three times, including an agreement with the current federal government less than a year ago, and brings forward April of this year the return of the collection of taxes that would only be paid from 2027 onwards. FFPotel also highlights that resources for the program are already provided for in the 2024 Budget Law.

In addition to ABIH Nacional and ABIH ́s state and Federal District, FPhotel's mobilization in the National Congress has the support of national entities linked to the hotel industry, such as the Forum of Hotel Operators of Brazil (FOHB), the Integrated System of Parks and Tourist Attractions (SINDEPAT), the National Union of Convention & Visitors Bureau and Destination Entities (UNEDESTINOS), the Brazilian Motel Association (ABMOTÉIS) and HI HOSTEL Brasil, representative of Hostelling International, the largest hostel chain in the world.

The following entities also participate in the movement: Brazilian Association of Travel Agents (ABAV Nacional), Brazilian Association of Event Companies (ABEOC), Brazilian Association of Corporate Travel Agencies (ABRACORP), Brazilian Events Association (ABRAFESTA), Brazilian Association of Event Promoters (ABRAPE), Brazilian Association of Shopping Centers (ABRASCE), Brazilian Association of Bars and Restaurants (ABRASEL), Association of Amusement Park Companies of Brazil (ADIBRA), Association for Real Estate and Tourist Development of Brazil ( ADIT), Porto de Galinhas Hotel Association (AHPG), Latin American Association of Event Management and Corporate Travel (ALAGEV), Promotional Marketing Association (AMPRO), Support Events and Tourism, São Paulo Association of Bars, Restaurants, Events, Nightclubs, Similar and Related (APRESSA), Associação Regional das Águas Quentes de Goiás (AQUA), Brazilian Luxury Travel Association (BLTA), Brazilian Association of Tourists and Tourism Professionals (ABBTUR), Associação dos Hoteleiros de Águas de Lindoia (AHAL ), National Tourism Confederation (CNTUR), Federation of Hotels, Restaurants and Bars of the State of São Paulo (FHORESP) and Integrated System of Theme Parks and Tourist Attractions (SINDEPAT).

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