27 October 2009
Europeans planning a tailor-made holiday to Brazil have been advised to consider the state which is nearest to them.
Francisco Cipriano de Paulo Segundo, economic development secretary of Rio Grande do Norte, explained that the area in the north-east of the South American country is ideal.
In addition to being closer to Europe than any other part of Brazil, he noted that Rio Grande do Norte boasts impressive features from a tourist's perspective.
"We have a lot of good, wonderful beaches - 410 kilometres of beach with warm water," said Mr Segundo.
It comes after the Brazilian Tourist Board found that the number of Britons heading to the country increased by 2.3 per cent last year.
A total of 181,000 people from the UK paid a visit in 2008, compared to 177,000 the previous year, with the majority taking a break during Brazil's summer months of January, February and March.