|Leonardo. Capt. Peacock|
|Joined: 12 Apr 2010|
|Location: Amazon - Brazil||
|NOTE OF CLARIFICATION ON SPORT FISHING IN THE AMAZON
Because of North American press about supposed allegations of practice of sex tourism in the Amazonas state, offered by businessmen of the segment of sport fishing, the government of Amazonas clarifies that:
. The Government of the Amazonas State has no knowledge about possible activities of sex tourism committed by foreign tourists coming to the state for sports fishing.
. After Investigations of the allegations, it was identified that the accusations are the result of personal quarrels between two individuals who work in the market for Sport Fishing. So it does not reflect the real scenery in this segment, which is developed by family businesses and respectable businessmen.
. Thus, the state of Amazonas considers untrue the articles mentioned, but together with the competent police organs in Brazil and in the State such situations will be investigated in details. If there is evidence of participation of any entrepreneur in the episode, connected or not with tourism, the entrepreneur will be placed on the Brazilian Penal Code.
. This way, the government of Amazonas expresses clearly that Brazil strongly condemned the practice of sex tourism, which is a crime and is framed in article.227 of the Brazilian Constitution, Law Number 8069/1990 of the Children and Adolescents Statute and Article 227 to 231 of the Brazilian Penal Code.
. On occasion, we note also that the Amazon is considered Brazil's Green Destiny preserved by keeping 98% of its forests. The state presents to the world tourist market products that monitor the ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just, that is, products that seek sustainability of the activity and the adoption of best practices. This commitment has a direct influence on the growth of tourist flow, which has recorded a rate of 12%. a.a
. According to market professionals, the Amazon of Brazil is the destination that offers more conditions for growth in tourism in the coming years due to the huge potential it offers. This statement is reflected in the Amazon prize won in London in November 2009 as the best Green Destination of South America, issued by the World Travel Awards, considered the Oscar award of the World Tourism