Brazil improves infrastructure ahead of events

23rd Nov 2012

Brazil is expecting an increase in tourism over the next few years as it gets ready for the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016.

The national tourist board, Embratur, said that it had already noticed a rise in tourist numbers, including an increase in flights from Europe last year.

The South American nation is currently preparing to host the major sporting events and Marcelo Pedroso, director of international markets at Embratur, said there has been a lot of investment in infrastructure to make the country more attractive and accessible for long-haul travellers.

"We have already noticed a boom in numbers, especially with the increase in flights to Brazil," he said. "Last year we had an increase of 13.47% in flights from key markets in Europe."

Flights from North America and Latin America also increased year-on-year in 2011 and Brazil is trying to improve links to a number of international destinations.

The 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, and Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup too.

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