Director of the National Confederation of Trade in Goods, Services and Tourism (CNC), head of the Tourism and Hospitality Business Council, and President of the National Federation of Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and Similar Establishments (FNHRBS)
Alexandre Sampaio is one of Brazil's most important businessmen, not only for the positions of responsibility he holds, but also for his vision of the Brazilian tourism industry.
Mr. Sampaio has been a tourism entrepreneur in Rio de Janeiro for more than 40 years, particularly in the hotel industry, and is currently a member of the National Tourism Council of the Ministry of Tourism.
He is also Coordinator of the Brazilian Tourism Committee (CB54), the planning, coordination and control body for tourism-related standards of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT).
With a background in Accounting, Sampaio was president of the Rio de Janeiro Bars and Restaurants Union (SindRio) between 2002 and 2010, when he assumed the presidency of the FNHRBS.
Was there any challenge or difficulty in bringing together the 30 entities in the sector in a joint project? How has this partnership work been?
The main associations and tourism entities are part of the Tourism and Hospitality Business Council (Cetur) of the National Confederation of Trade in Goods, Services and Tourism (CNC), and we have already worked in a united way at important moments for the sector, such as the creation of the General Tourism Law, which we are seeking to modernize. This is the Cetur/CNC’s purpose, to strengthen the Tourism demands and to promote the union of entrepreneurs, trade unions and associative entities and to act in the fostering and formulation of proposals by the national tourism organization.
VAI Turismo Project ( https://vaiturismo.com.br/ ) begun, in the 26 states and in the Federal District in Brazil, with a broad and participatory consultation that brought together about 300 institutions to discuss the priorities and demands of the sector. From these state groups, the rapporteur ship and systematization of the themes of each state was carried out, the common topics became regional demands, and the regional priorities were consolidated in the national agenda.
The national themes were discussed and validated by the national entities of the various segments of the tourism supply chain, which were and are being fundamental for the development and implementation of the Vai Turismo.