Over the course of 2014 Brazil welcomed 6,429,852 international tourists, boosted primarily by hosting the World Cup. For the first time, the country exceeded the six million mark for foreign entries, with the number of visitors representing a 10.6 per cent increase against 2013 figures.
Data released by the Central Bank indicates that between January and August of this year, international tourists visiting Brazil spent 8.8 per cent more than during the same period last year. In total spending reached £3,029 billion in 2014 compared to £2,785 billion in 2013.
The number of international flights to Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup increased by 14 per cent in comparison with the previous year. Statistics released by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism show that numbers rose from 2,368 to 2,698 in June and July, with flights from the United Kingdom adding up to 40,408 seats.
Political demonstrations in the build up to the FIFA 2014 World Cup cast a long shadow over the event, threatening its success. But when the football started the headlines were nothing but positive, with Brazilian tourism one of the big winners. Here Breaking Travel News sits down with Embratur president Vicente Neto to discuss how the country turned around the event and what the future holds as Brazil builds toward the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
TAM Airlines has reported a positive evaluation of the special operations it carried out before and during the World Cup in Brazil, with the carrier having invested over US$21 million to operate a new flight network during the tournament. Before the event, the airline restructured its flights and created more than 750 additional domestic flights and over 350 additional international flights to serve the host cities.
After an exciting final, the winners of the World Cup are ready to fly home to Germany –with Lufthansa. The flight, with a special flight number LH2014, will be operated with the brand new Boeing 747-8, the “Queen of the Skies”, which is the longest aircraft in civil aviation history.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is generating around one million jobs in the country. The number of jobs created by the World Cup is equivalent to over 15 per cent of the 4.8 million formal jobs registered during the first term of president Dilma Rousseff.
Video: Breaking Travel News visits the corporate headquarters of Emirates, the Dubai based airline, for this edition of Travel Talk to look at the way they use the sponsorship of sport and in particular football to market their global brand. Phil Blizzard talks to Boutros Boutros about their association with football, the FIFA World Cup and how that has evolved. He also talks about the way the Emirates brand has moved from being purely an airline brand and into a broader one focused around ‘lifestyle’.
Before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, groups G and H were regarded by some as so-called “groups of death”, though they have turned out to be anything such. Along with Group C, they are the only sections where not one team has been knocked out ahead of the final round of first-phase matches.
Drama, joy and emotion – three essential ingredients of any FIFA World Cup – were in plentiful supply yesterday. It was a day on which heroes joined forces to lead their teams to glory, while others completed unlikely comebacks and one player in particular was unable to withstand the emotion of it all, leading to a rumour or two on social networking sites. All in all, it was another excellent day for South America, with Colombia striding into the second round for the first time in 24 years, while Uruguay bounced back to revive their hopes of pulling off another Maracanazo and leave England’s chances of making further progress hanging by a thread.
Vicente del Bosque will not be rushed into a decision over his future as coach of Spain after their FIFA World Cup reign ended in a humiliating first round exit. Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Chile at Rio’s Maracana, which followed a 5-1 rout at the hands of the Netherlands, sealed the fate of Spain who were chasing a fourth successive title to add to their 2010 World Cup and 2008 and 2012 UEFA European championships.
Video: Brazilian football legend Pelé tours Dubai and visits the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa. Acknowledged in 1999 as the ‘Greatest Footballer of the Century’ he is the only champion to have lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy three times. Pele is a Global Ambassador for Emirates the global airline headquartered in Dubai.