IOC Predicts 480,000 Tourists in Rio for 2016 Olympics

The IOC have predicted around 480,000 tourists will descend on Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016. However, given the positive effects of the World Cup, and a growing trend in travel in Latin America, experts believe this number could be surpassed. For the 2016 Olympic Games, the so-called “Olympic family”… Read more »

Breaking Travel News interview: Vicente Neto, president, Embratur

Political demonstrations in the build up to the FIFA 2014 World Cup cast a long shadow over the event, threatening its success. But when the football started the headlines were nothing but positive, with Brazilian tourism one of the big winners. Here Breaking Travel News sits down with Embratur president Vicente Neto to discuss how… Read more »

Brazil looking for medal ‘bounce’ in Rio Olympics

Brazil hopes to nearly double its medal total for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, using increased funding to follow the pattern of recent Olympic host nations Britain and China. Marcus Vinicius, executive director of sport for the Brazilian Olympic Committee, said Wednesday that Brazil was aiming to win between 27 and 30 medals… Read more »

‘Tomorrow Starts Now’

Nike doesn’t want Brazil to linger on its loss in the World Cup. Instead, the brand’s new ad aimed is aimed at pumping up the passionate nation of sports fans for their next global event: the 2016 Olympics. “Tomorrow Starts Now” is a beautiful tribute to the outstanding athleticism of a country whose chances at… Read more »

World Cup Preparation: Is Brazil ready?

After seven years of planning and billions of dollars spent on infrastructure, Brazil is finally dismantling ubiquitous scaffolds and applying finishing touches to a myriad of World Cup projects.   Among them are sparkling new stadiums, airport upgrades and telecommunications, electric power and security initiatives. But is Brazil ready to host football’s premier event, to… Read more »

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Brazil unveils $10 billion infrastructure budget for Rio Olympics

Brazilian authorities unveiled an infrastructure budget of 24.1 billion reais (6.39 billion pounds) for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 25 percent more than planned, as they try to reassure the world they can deliver facilities on time. The budget covers 27 projects in urban development and public transport, including 8 billion reais for a newly… Read more »

Brazil to invest $2.3 billion for Rio Olympics

Brazil will invest $2.3 billion into preparing the country to host the Rio Olympics in 2016. This is the initial estimate released by Brazil’s Public Olympic Authority and includes spending by federal, state and municipal governments. It also covers projects by the government and public-private partnerships. The total estimate is to be revised in March…. Read more »