New Security Measures At Brazil’s Airports Cause Havoc Ahead Of Olympics

Reuters, 07/18/2016

BRASILIA, July 18 (Reuters) – Stepped-up security screenings produced long lines for travelers at Brazil’s main airports on Monday in the aftermath of the truck attack in Nice, France and weeks ahead of the Olympic games in the South American nation.

Scores of passengers lost domestic flights after authorities began patting down travelers and checking their luggage after passing through metal detectors, screening previously required only for international flights.

Authorities insisted the new screenings were not related to attacks abroad, but were in line with international security standards.

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Flights to Brazil increased by 30.7 pct. in 4 years

EFE – La Prensa, 1/27/2015

Brazil last year was the destination for 64,904 international flights, a 30.7 percent increase over the 49,557 that went to the South American giant in 2010, the country’s public tourism promotion company, Embratur, announced Tuesday.

The country sending the largest number of flights to Brazil in 2014 was the United States, whose citizens last year had 14,573 air travel options to visit Brazilian cities, according to Embratur figures.

In the No. 2 spot on the list of countries sending flights to Brazil was Argentina, with 13,817.

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Brazil Tourism Board Video Launches Campaign to Extend World Cup Success

Brian Major – Travel Pulse, 11/12/2014

Brazil’s Tourism Board is seeking to fan the embers of its successful hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, at least in terms of the country’s surge in international and North American visitor arrivals during the event.

Embratur this week released a 30-second video featuring scenes of 2014 FIFA World Cup travelers celebrating, cheering and at events and experiencing cultural activities in the five Brazilian cities that hosted World Cup events.

The video’s release marks the launch of Embratur’s post World Cup promotional campaign. Recorded throughout the competition, it combines scenes of cheering fans at Brazil’s grand stadiums with others that expose Brazil’s cultural and natural attractions, including an emphasis on the country’s distinctive gastronomy.

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Foreigners catch the Brazil bug

Thalita Carrio – Financial Times, 04/24/2013

Usually countries with strong currencies scare off foreign tourists. Witness Australia’s challenges. But not Brazil, apparently.

According to Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism, the number of foreign visitors has continued to rise even as though the country’s currency has stayed firm at around R$2 per dollar, making it one of the world’s more expensive destinations. In 2012, Brazil received 5.67m foreign visitors, an increase of 4.5 per cent compared with 2011.

The majority of the tourists came from neighbouring countries in South America, or about 2.8m people. In spite of its economic problems, Argentina took the lead with 1.6m of its people visiting Brazil, an increase of 5 per cent compared with 2011. The US was second with 586,463 tourists, although this represented a decrease of 1.4 per cent compared with a year earlier. Third was Germany with 258,437 tourists.

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Brazil safety concerns rise after arrest of police officers and gang rape on bus

Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 04/02/2013

Brazil‘s efforts to improve public safety ahead of the football World Cup and the Olympics have taken two high-profile hits in recent days with the arrests of eight police officers in São Paulo and news of the rape and robbery of tourists in Rio de Janeiro.

The officers were arrested after a television broadcast showed two teenagers being shot dead on 16 March in the Bras neighbourhood of São Paulo, while the occupants of a nearby patrol car did nothing to help.

One of the victims – a 14 year old known as Piui who collected paper and cardboard from the streets – was shot six times. The other victim, whose name has not been disclosed, was shot 12 times.

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Brazil effort touts diversity in run-up to World Cup, Olympics

Johanna Jainchill – Travel Weekly, 01/08/2013

As it prepares to host the world’s two largest sporting events over the next four years, Brazil hopes to more than double its tourist arrivals by 2020.

The world’s fifth-largest country is spending $40 million on a global advertising campaign tied to the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Summer Olympics, both taking place in Brazil. The events are expected to bring more than 600,000 and 300,000 visitors to Brazil, respectively.

Marcelo Pedroso, director of international markets for Embratur, the Brazilian Tourism Board, said during a visit to New York that the country hopes the publicity from the two events, along with the tandem marketing campaign, will broaden Brazil’s image from that of “a country with [soccer] and samba.”

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Florida’s tourism gets a boost from a Brazilian invasion

John Couwels – CNN, 01/24/2012

“Oi — Sejam bem-vindos!” — meaning “Hi, welcome!” — is a Portuguese phrase heard more and more these days at Florida’s tourist spots.

That’s because Florida is the top U.S. vacation destination for Brazilians, who are taking advantage of a favorable exchange rate and low prices. Brazilians outnumbered all other international travelers to Florida in 2011, up 41% from the previous year,according to state tourism officials.

And there’s no sign of this Brazilian invasion slowing down: The U.S. Commerce Department projects 1.5 million Brazilians will visit the United States in 2012 — and most of them will head to Florida.

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