The Brazilian tourism market has been experiencing substantial growth during the last few years. The whole world is looking towards Brazil as hosts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and to the 2016 Olympic Games. These effects make Brazil a favorable environment for all travel agencies.
The first travel agency in Brazil was founded in Rio de Janeiro, in 1901. Since then, these companies are selling travel packages to Brazil and the rest of the world, intended for leisure and business. In this article we have listed the largest travel agencies in Brazil.
Maringá Turismo specializes in personalized services for business tourism and has been on the market for nearly 50 years. They have 60 offices throughout the country and employ more than 600 professionals. Their revenue for 2013 was BRL 800 million.
The Alatur Group is a company specializing in business tourism and currently has two business units: Business Tourism Alatur for business and Bora Viagens for leisure travel. The company has over 1,100 employees and has offices in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, Curitiba and Belo Horizonte. The company has, over recent years, delivered annual revenue growth of 25% reaching BRL 1.4 billion in 2013. This impressive growth was due to the acquisition of other smaller tourism companies. Thanks to their recent joint venture with JTB, they expect to have a total revenue of BRL 5 billion by 2020.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel Brazil
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) is a global leader in the business travel management business. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes. It has approximately 900 independent agents in Brazil who sold more than 1.7 million travel packages in 2013 with a total revenue of BRL 1.6 billion.
With their fusion in April 2012, Rextur and Advance have become one of the largest travel agencies in Brazil to date. It now has over 600 independent agents and 44 offices throughout Brazil. In 2013, they sold over 3.5 million air tickets and their total revenue was BRL 3 billion.
Flytour Group is the leader in airline tickets in Latin America and the largest business travel agency in Brazil. It has over 2,600 employees in over 220 offices. The Flytour Group sold 4.8 million travel packages in 2013, amounting to BRL 4 billion. Airline tickets represent 80% of Flytour Sales.
According to Euromonitor CVC was the largest tour operator in Latin America in 2012 in terms of bookings made. They have a portfolio of over 1,000 domestic and international destinations. In 2013, their sales added up to nearly BRL 4.5 billion. CVC has a network of almost 800 retail sales points and 6,500 independent agents. CVC was the most recognized brand name of the tourism industry in Brazil in 2013 according to the largest tourism magazine in Brazil.
Decolar.com was the first travel agency to specialize in Latin America and now offers over 150,000 accommodation options worldwide. In 2013, the company was the leader in the travel distribution sector in Brazil with an estimated revenue of BRL 5.5 billion. One of the advantages of the company is the possibility that the traveler can build their own package by combining the flight and accommodation options most suitable to their needs. Airline tickets represent 60% of Decolar.com sales in revenue.