With the London 2012 Olympics over, the spotlight has started to shift to Brazil, which will be hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Brazil reported increases of 9.9 percent in revenue per available room (RevPAR) for the first seven months year to date, led by 14.5-percent increase in average daily rate (ADR) in local currency, according a recent report.
South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe joined some 200 international hotel companies, destination management companies (DMCs), and tour operators to promote twin-center holidays between South Africa and its neighboring countries and its islands.
Rio de Janeiro in Brazil has become the first city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Urban Cultural Landscape category. So far sites listed in the category have included rural areas, traditional agricultural systems, historic gardens and places of religious significance.
Brazil continues to climb the ladder of success as it moves up two places in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rating, overtaking Japan and China. In the ranking, showing the number of events hosted by each country, Brazil is the only country in Latin America within the top ten.
This June, more than 4.5 million partygoers are expected to come together for the world’s largest gay pride festival hosted annually in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The city was recently named the fourth most LGBT-friendly destination in the world, ahead of both London and Madrid.
According to figures from the ministry of tourism, the number of international visitors travelling to Brazil rose by 5.3 per cent in 2011 compared to 2010. The data, compiled in partnership with Embratur (Brazilian Tourist Board), revealed 5,433,354 tourists visited the country last year, 271,975 more than the year before.
Embratur, the Brazilian Tourist Board, has announced it is creating two new travelling tools – an interactive Brand Channel website and ‘Brasil Quest’, a video game app. The launch of these tools is part of an ongoing initiatitive to promote various destinations and cultural offerings travelers can experience in Brazil.
Brazil is Latin America’s fastest-growing travel and tourism economy; with travel and tourism’s direct contribution to GDP, it is forecast to grow at 7.8 percent in 2012.
Brazil is Latin America’s fastest growing tourism economy, according to new research, with the sector’s direct contribution to GDP forecast to grow 7.8 per cent in 2012. Research released by World Travel & Tourism president David Scowsill at Fórum Panrotas revealed the sector contributed US$79 billion to GDP in 2011.
Pedro Novais has resigned as minister of tourism in Brazil following a string of corruption allegations. The news follows the recent arrest of 30 tourism officials and business leaders - including deputy tourism minister Frederico Silva da Costa.
A tram derailed in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, killing five people and injuring dozens.