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Tourism in Brazil is an important economic activity in various regions of the country. With 5 million foreign visitors in 2008

Brazil is, as of 2010, the second destination of internationaltourist market in South America after Argentina, and ranks third in Latin America in terms of flow of tourists internacionales35, after Mexico and Argentina.

The expenditure of foreign tourists visitingBrazil reached 5.800 billion dollars in 2008, 16.8% from 200,736 and the country covered 3.4% of international tourist flows in the Americas in 2008.33 In 2005, tourism contributed 3.2% of nationalincome from exports of goods and services, responsible for the creation of a 7% direct and indirect jobs in the economy brasileña.37 in 2006, an estimated 1.87 million people were employed in thesector, with 768 thousand formal jobs (41%) and 1.1 million informal jobs (59%) .38

Domestic tourism is a fundamental part of the sector accounting for more than 50 million trips annually, 39 directrevenue generated by domestic tourism in 2010 were dólares40 33 billion - nearly six times more than what is captured by the country in relation to foreign tourism.

The core culture of Brazil isderived from Portuguese culture, because of its strong colonial ties with the Portuguese empire. Among other influences, the Portuguese introduced the Portuguese language, Roman Catholicism and colonialarchitectural styles.[268] The culture was, however, also strongly influenced by African, indigenous and non-Portuguese European cultures and traditions.[269][broken citation] Some aspects of Brazilianculture were influenced by the contributions of Italian, German and other European immigrants who arrived in large numbers in the South and Southeast of Brazil.[270][broken citation] The indigenousAmerindians influenced Brazil's language and cuisine; and the Africans influenced language, cuisine, music, dance and religion.[271]

Machado de Assis, poet and novelist whose work extends to almost...
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