Rio De Janeiro News
Rio de Janeiro on the brink of sporting greatness
With preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics progressing to plan, Rio de Janeiro is a city riding the crest of a Sport Tourism wave. BTN looks at why the“Cidade Maravilhosa” has become the most popular tourist attraction in the southern hemisphere.
Tourists visiting Rio reach highest level in five years
The number of international tourists visiting Rio de Janeiro increased by 8% in 2010 compared with the previous year, according to a study conducted by Embratur, the Brazilian Tourism Board. The city received 1.61 million foreign visitors last year, compared with 1.49 million in 2009, an increase of 120,000 people and the highest level of international tourists in the last five years.
Rio Olympics signs first domestic sponsor
The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has signed up its first domestic sponsor. Bradesco, Brazil’s second-largest bank, has agreed to pay at least $320m, the minimum sum set by the games’ organising committee for the finance and insurance services categories.
City of God - could Rio’s latest mafia war end its dream of Olympic and World Cup glory?
With hosting rights to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazilian tourism has never had it so good. But this week’s gang battles in Rio have highlighted its toughest challenge – safety, and whether the city’s image of beautiful beaches and non-stop parties will be overshadowed by favela violence.
World Cup bidding heats up at Soccerex in Rio
The battle to host the 2018 World Cup has been the overriding theme at this year’s Soccerex, which is being hosted in Rio de Janeiro for the first time.
Gunmen take tourists hostage at top Rio hotel
Safety concerns in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics have been raised after 35 tourists staying at the luxury InterContinental Rio were taken hostage by an armed gang involved in a shoot-out with police.
Faldo set to welcome finalists to olympic city of Rio
With the field for the 2009 Faldo Series Grand Final now confirmed, Nick Faldo is set to welcome 70 young golfers from 11 different countries to the iconic city of Rio de Janeiro, recently announced as the venue for the 2016 Olympic Games. FALDO SET TO WELCOME FINALISTS TO OLYMPIC CITY OF RIO
Rio pledges 20,000 hotel rooms to secure 2016 Olympics
Rio de Janeiro officials have announced that an additional 2,000 hotel rooms would be built should the city win the bid to host the 2016 Olympics, in an attempt to curry favour with the IOC over the lack of available accommodation.