Air Europa will be introducing a new service from London Gatwick to the Brazilian city of Recife in December 2017, via Madrid. The twice-weekly route will start on December 20th - operating on Wednesdays and Fridays - with the addition of a third weekly flight expected in 2018.
The president of Brazilian tourist board Embratur, Flávio Dino, has highlighted the financial returns made by the destination during the recent Confederations Cup. Dino confirmed numbers exceeded expectations, with Embratur recording $329 million in additional spending, including income from hotels, food away from home, and other related expenditure.
Mr. Marco Ferraz, the President of the Brazilian Association of Tour Operators met with Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, who is in Brazil on a working visit. Mr. Ferraz is the current President of Braztoa, the Tour Operators Association of Brazil, that has 96 members with 86 of these being all the major tour operators of Brazil.
The U.S. Travel Association commended the Department of Homeland Security for announcing a statement of intent to establish a visa waiver program (VWP) working group with Brazil. The agreement was signed by Secretary Janet Napolitano and Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota.
When the next edition of the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil in 2014, the excitement will not be limited to the stadiums hosting the matches. FIFA and the Local Organising Committee have been working together with the twelve Brazilian Host Cities to plan the FIFA Fan Fest programme which will come to life in iconic locations throughout Brazil.
Accommodation in Brazil can now officially be called ‘boutique’ with the introduction of the new classification to the Brazil Accommodation Rating System, which had previously been limited to seven categories. Across the country there are 35 hotels already signed up to be listed in the category.
Other new South American affiliate Hotels in Key Business and Leisure Travel Cities are scheduled by Year-End.
The next five years are set to belong to Brazil; with Rio de Janeiro set to host the Olympic Games in 2014 and the country as a whole gearing up to welcome the FIFA World Cup in 2016. However, corruption allegations at the national tourism ministry and question marks over construction programmes have left some wondering whether the country is up to the challenge. BTN here sits down with Embratur director of products & destinations, Marco Lomanto, to see where the country stands.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has landed $1.4bn worth of orders from Chinese airlines as part of a move to boost trade between the two economic giants. The announcement includes firm orders for 20 aircrafts and an option to buy 15 more, and came as Brazil’s President Dilma Rouseff began her visit to China.
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The Nordest has been one of key drivers in Brazil’s economic revolution. But with the winds of the global downturn now sweeping across South America, Adam Coulter visited the region to find out how developments are progressing.