Brazilians Now Speeding Through U.S. Consulates on Way to Shopping Sprees
Karlona Goycalves 15, from left, Maria Luiza Cavacante 14, and Camila DeSouza 17, of Brazil, shops for shoes at Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise, Florida, on July 16, 2012. Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald/MCT
Boosting consulate staff is having the exact effect that President Obama hoped for: More Brazilians are heading to the U.S. and spending more when they get here. This is a strategy that’s quickly being deployed in other growing economies.
Excerpt from NPR
What’s the busiest U.S. Consulate in the world? If you guessed in Mexico or China, you’d be wrong.
It’s actually in Brazil, Sao Paulo to be exact. The consulate there is giving a record number of visas to Brazilians who want to visit the U.S. And that is giving a boost to the economies of cities like Miami.
And Brazilians spent over $9 billion in the U.S…making them the fifth-largest spenders among foreign tourists in the U.S.