Mr Edmar Augusto Bull, President. The Brazilian Travel Agencies Association – ABAV – is the entity with the biggest representatives and one of the oldest still in activity in the Tourism segment. Its credibility and strength in the different segments of the tourism industry have been conquered through more than 50 years of activity. São Luís Av., nº 165 – 1st floor, 1B ZIP CODE 01046-001 – São Paulo – S.P. BRAZIL website: www.abav.com.br Phone: 55 – 11 – 32313077 Defined by the Objectives: Represent the interests of the Travel Agents; Promote the class welfare and the harmonization throughout the country; Protect the legitimate interests of the tourism industry as a whole, cooperating with the public authorities in the study and resolution of the sector’s issues; Promote the national tourism development in all of its forms; Promote the disclosure and publicity of matters that are of interest to the entity and that allow it to make all the associates aware of the national tourism events ; Promote congresses, tourism exhibitions and lectures that stimulate the industry’s technical development; Promote, through ICCABAV, human resources training and development ABAV System ABAV represents a formidable distribution network, formed by the Travel Agencies spread all over the domestic territory. Its more than three thousand associated companies, in charge of 80% of the national market services – including air tickets issuance, lodging bookings, land tour transportation, car rental, packages operation and sea cruising, among others – give it a broad capillarity to offer tourism products and services in 52 economic sectors. In the commercial aviation, for instance, more than 80% of the air tickets (national and international flights) are sold by Travel Agencies. Most of the tour products come to the consumer through thousands of stores that service with quality, either in person or virtually, millions of persons and companies. In Brazil, according to official data, the Travel Agencies have near 35 thousand direct employments and more than 100 thousand indirect employments. Composed of a National Council, democratically elected and headquartered in São Paulo, the sector’s utmost representing entity is present in all the Brazilian States and in the District Capital, summing up the 27 unities that form ABAV System.