Founded in 1966, the Brazilian Tourism Board – Embratur – is responsible for promoting Brazil for leisure and business travel internationally. Committed to valuing diversity and focused on reaching results, Embratur works jointly with Ministry of Tourism, LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of Brazil and IGLTA in the development of new strategic actions.
In 2012, hosted for the first time in Latin America, IGLTA brought its convention to the beautiful island of Florianopolis (capital of Santa Catarina State). The event was a great success with professionals from many countries and specialized journalists that spread the wonders of the city to the whole world.
Brazil is one of the countries that most attract the LGBT+ public,especially because of its natural resources, the joy of its people, the variety of entertainment all over the year and its cultural diversity. In recent years, there have been important advances in Brazilian legislation defending and protecting the rights of the LGBT+ community, such as the recognition of same-sex marriage, adoption rights and specific anti-homophobia laws, which prompted the recognition of the country as a LGBT+ friendly destination.
Especial events are already known, such as the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte (capital of Minas Gerais State) and Salvador (capital of Bahia State) and the Sao Paulo Pride Parade - the biggest in the world. There are also the summer nightlife in Búzios (in Rio de Janeiro State),