Three months after the “marvellous” Olympic Games Rio 2016, the organisers were in the future host city of Tokyo this week to pass on their experiences. Representatives of the Tokyo 2020, PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022 Organising Committees and the 2024 Candidate Cities were also there to listen, as well as to learn the lessons from their experiences.
Rio 2016 spurred the arrival of 541,000 international tourists in Brazil from July 1st to August 15th, an increase of 157,000 people in relation to the same period of the previous year. The visa waiver for visitors from the USA, Canada, Japan and Australia benefitted 74.7 per cent of foreigners who came to Brazil for the Games.
The British Airways plane flying Team GB home from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has been named ‘victoRIOus’ by the carrier. The gold-nosed plane will return the successful athletes to British soil today. The name, which was one of a short-list of four selected by the athletes and British Airways staff, was chosen by hundreds of fans on Twitter in a recent poll.
As Rio de Janeiro approaches the end of a broadly successful Olympic Games, Breaking Travel News here sits down with the president of Embratur, Vinicius Lummertz, to discuss how the national tourist board expects the event to impact on travel to the country. On the agenda are the costs of hosting such an event, the benefits, and how the organisation hopes to balance the two.
A roar of Olympic proportions was heard at Mission Hills China in celebration of Justin Rose’s thrilling gold-medal win at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Englishman’s triumph in golf’s return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence, was made sweeter by the fact that the three top podium finishers, including silver medallist Henrik Stenson and bronze medallist Matt Kuchar, have all tasted victory at Mission Hills tournaments.
Four years on from the dazzling 2012 London Olympic Games, the Olympic spirit is returning to the capital with ‘Brazil Day’ taking place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, September 10th. This free event - taking place from 12:00-19:00 - is a celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and a chance to enjoy a taste of Brazil’s culture, passion and vibrancy in central London.
The Latin American Travel Association has celebrated the launch of Rio 2016 Olympic Games in true Carioca style at the Brazilian Embassy in London. The party marked the opening of the Rio Lounge at the Brazilian Embassy, a place to enjoy the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on large screens while exploring the tastes and landscapes of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
The Brazilian government has said it expects around 500,000 additional foreign visitors to come to Rio de Janeiro to experience the Olympic atmosphere. With the games set to official launch during the Opening Ceremony this evening, final preparations are being put in place.
The International Olympic Committee has confirmed the launch date for its ground-breaking new media destination, the Olympic Channel, where fans can experience the power of sport and the Olympic Movement all year round. Starting August 21st, after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the Olympic Channel platform will be available worldwide via a mobile app for Android and iOS devices and online.
The highly-anticipated 225-room AC Hotel Rio de Janeiro Porto Maravilha and the 378-room AC Hotel Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca, have opened their doors, inviting guests to experience Brazil’s newest class of lifestyle hotels. Ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, AC Hotels by Marriott celebrates the beauty of classic modern design with its European soul and Spanish roots, borne from the signature vision of renowned hotelier Antonio Catalan, who founded the brand in 1998.
The British public has been invited to watch the Olympic Games at a lounge space located at the entrance of the Embassy of Brazil in central London. The lounge will showcase what lies beyond Rio, the ‘marvellous city’, and will present other tourist attractions of the State of Rio de Janeiro with its amazing coastline, historical cities and tropical forests.