The first train for Rio’s new Light Rail system has just arrived in Rio for testing, as part of Brazil’s investment in public infrastructure ahead of the 2016 Olympics. With over 480,000 tourists predicted to descend on Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic & Paralympic Games next summer, the Light Rail will carry approximately 285,000 tourists every day, easing the pressure on the city’s other transport systems.
It’s confirmed. In addition to Rio de Janeiro, five other Brazilian cities will stage the 2016 Olympic Games and host the men’s and women’s football matches. The 58 matches will be played in Belo Horizonte (Mineirão), Brasília (Estádio Mané Garrincha), Manaus (Arena Amazônia), Rio de Janeiro (Maracanã and the Olympic Stadium), Salvador (Arena Fonte Nova) and São Paulo (Arena Corinthians), totalling six cities and seven stadiums.
This February, the vibrant colours, tantalising tastes and energetic sounds of Rio Carnival will come to Guanabara, London’s most popular Brazilian venue, for seven days of non-stop celebrations. Kicking off on Wednesday February 11th 2015, Guanabara will host a variety of events, from exciting circus acts and award winning samba dancers, to live Brazilian bands and theatrical masked parties, ensuring a diverse week full of non-stop entertainment.
Brazilian airline Azul has revived plans for an initial public offering as it prepares to launch flights to the United States. The carrier revealed plans to list preferred shares on the Level 2 chapter of the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange, and American depositary shares on the New York Stock Exchange.
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.
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.
England’s opening game of the World Cup against Italy finished in defeat on Saturday in the heat of the Arena Amazonia in Manaus.
After years of preparation the talking is finally over, with Brazil set to host the FIFA World Cup 2014 from June 12th until July 13th. The tournament offers the destination a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase its tourism offering, with hundreds of thousands of travellers expected to converge on the country.
Belo Horizonte – or “Beautiful Horizon” – will be one of the host cities at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A city renowned for its passion for the beautiful game and the intense rivalry between its two largest football teams, Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro, it has a number of sport tourism attractions.
Although this is the time for Brazil to burst onto the global stage, there was, of course, a thriving tourism industry in the country before the World Cup came to town. So what about those destinations which will not be swamped by football fans looking for the next big game? Here Breaking Travel News takes a run through some of the tourism attractions which will likely retain an air of serenity this summer.
Brazil celebrated the entry of six million foreign tourists during 2013 when, Nadia Panis, an Argentine tourist that broke the record, arrived on Thursday December 5th at Antônio Carlos Jobim (Galeão) International Airport in Rio de Janeiro and was greeted with festivities hosted by the president of Embratur, Flávio Dino. Having achieved this historic milestone, Embratur is now working towards reaching a new goal for the number of foreign tourists visiting Brazil next year.