Braztoa is a private association that brings together a group of about 90 tourism companies, present in all Brazilian states - one of the most important entities in the sector in the country. Get your doubts answered here or contact us at email@example.com.
Who are Braztoa affiliates?
The association is formed by tour operators that operate both domestically and internationally (outbound and inbound), together with the Representatives (representing the tourist services companies from abroad), Associates (companies specializing in the promotion and / or marketing of products and / or tour services and Guests (companies engaged directly or indirectly in the tourism sector: destinations, means of transportation, means of lodging, airport reception service, car rental, attractives, financial institutions and other companies that contribute to the supply chain of the sector. Click here to know the Affiliates.
How was Braztoa born?
Braztoa was founded in 1989 under the name Associação Brasileira de Operadores de Turismo Internacional. This is the origin of the acronym Braztoa (Brazilian Tour Operators Association). The organization was born from the desire to insert Brazil in the global tourism market - which, even back then, gave signs that would have accelerated expansion. In 1994, it aggregated Cobrat, an association that brought together the specialized operators in domestic destinations.
Is Braztoa a representative organization with strong market presence?
Undoubtedly. Currently, 90% of tour packages sold in Brazil - both domestic and international destinations - are created by tourism operators that are part of Braztoa: - We are present in all states of Brazil - 82% of the associated companies are medium or large companies Click here to see the latest results of our performance.
Purchase from an operator affiliated to Braztoa brings the consumer some assurance?
In order to join Braztoa, the tourism operator must have at least three years of experience in the market and meet the technical, ethical and financial criteria and be approved by voting by General Meeting. This is not an absolute guarantee, but it is a differential for passengers.
What is an itinerary or package?
The tourism operator identifies potential travel itineraries, select suppliers and negotiate prices for services to transform the idea into reality This process includes research and visits to enable transportation, lodging, guides, tours meals and etc. It is the sum of all that which results in the so called "travel package”.
Are the trips created by the operators cheaper?
Most of the time, yes. As tourism operators negotiate with their partners large amounts with their partners of the transport, accommodation and tour services sectors, they can get significant discounts - it is the classic benefit of scale economies. Thus, operators can offer economically priced trips.
What is the difference between a tourism operator and a travel agency?
Operators and agencies complement each other. While the operator focuses its operations in formatting itneraries and in negotiation on scale, agencies work in retail, servicing passengers individually to offer the best solution in each case, according to the wishes and the financial availability of each customer. In a partnership system, operators also constantly provide agencues training on destinations and products, in addition to sales enablement.
What is the advantage of hiring from an operator?
Added security and reliability described above, operators are able to format the tailor-made trips that best suit to the different audiences, with competitive prices The operator guides and provides all the necessities for the comfort and safety of the passengers, such as, travel insurance. It is in readiness for any eventuality or difficulty that the tourists may have during their trip.
Does Braztoa have some sort of political action?
Braztoa is nonpartisan, but seeks to work with the relevant bodies to have compatible regulations and to pursue sustainable development of the sector.
Is Braztoa an independent entity?
Yes, private and fully independent.
Does Braztoa operate in the preservation of tourist destinations?
Braztoa has an interest in the sustainable development of tourist destinations. It advocates environmental protection, preservation of cultural and artistic heritage of the country, besides supporting acts of social promotion. More than that, the entity guides and supports all its affiliates in their good sustainability practices. Within this purpose, the Braztoa Sustainability Program was created. Click here to learn more about it.
Which projects Braztoa develops today?
Besides being ahead of the Braztoa Sustainability Program, Braztoa is also ruling since 2012, the Tourism Week, the largest promotion in travels in Brazil. For a short period of the year, associated companies offer products with discounts via the website www.turismoweek.com.br. Read more about these projects and meet others in the PERFORMANCE area of the website.
How do operators affiliated to Braztoa disclose their news?
Braztoa´s own website fulfills that function - the information about the products offered by its afilliates can be searched by the search system of the website. But surely the primary means of disseminating new travel proposals are the Trade Meetings organized by the entity. They happen once a year in Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre and twice a year in São Paulo - in this case, along with the fairs of WTM Latin America and Expo Internacional de Turismo/Abav. At these times, travel agents throughout Brazil visit exhibitors spaces of operators and sponsors in search of novelties to offer its customers. It is one of the major business events in the tourism sector in Brazil, and also becoming an international reference. Read more about it by clicking here.