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Brazil sees 15% visitor growth in October

The number of international arrivals in Brazil increased at an annual rate of more than 15 per cent in October, according to new figures.

Brazil welcomed some 15.2 per cent more foreign visitors in October this year than in the same month in 2006, according to figures from the country's national tourism institute.

Some 552,520 passengers arrived in the South American country last month, compared to 479,550 in October 2006.

The figures supplied by the tourism institute suggest that the number of international arrivals in Brazil will exceed that of last year, when some 6.36 million people visited the country.

Regular scheduled flights were among the most significant contributors to the growth in passenger numbers to Brazil, with 532,840 people arriving via regular services in October this year, 18 per cent more than in 2006.

The tourism group said that this was the second consecutive month in which growth in regular flights was greater than the general average.

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