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Brazil Visa Requirements lifted to encourage tourism

A law to lift the current Brazil visa requirements for foreigners has been presented to encourage tourism throughout the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

The visa waiver presented by the Brazilian ministry of Tourism, has been introduced to benefit foreigners who enter Brazil before 18th September 2016 in an attempt to improve Brazils current economic crisis.

The law has already been passed by the House of Representatives and if approved, will be sanctioned before the end of the year.

The plan is to encourage tourists to take advantage of the devaluated Brazilian currency which is currently allowing travellers to visit Brazil for 29% less (compared to the GBP – BRL exchange rate last year).

The law is a long-standing demand of the tourism sector to attract tourists, and was celebrated by tourism entrepreneurs. The same law was introduced throughout the 2014 World Cup which resulted in an increase of over 60% of spending tourists, even though the law was restricted to only travellers with tickets to the games.

Recognising the importance of the measure for the sector, president of the Brazilian Hotel Industry Association (ABIH), Nerleo Caus, said “It would be great if this project would extend beyond the period of the Olympics.”

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Rio Olympics to be delivered “On Time and On Budget”

An unexpected message sent by Rio’s Olympic Organising Committee will see the 2016 Olympic Games delivered “On time and on budget”.

Despite the documented delay and overspend that preceded the 2014 FIFA World Cup in June Last year, Leonardo Gryner, Deputy CEO of the committee ensures that “Everything will be ready at least eight months before the games, in time to hand over to the various federations for test events,” stating “That is very nice for us Brazilians. We feel very proud we have managed to deliver as planned.”

And as far as the facilities for the games are concerned it would suggest that Gryner is not exaggerating.

Buildings appear to be almost complete, many new centres are already functioning and a main advantage for the organisers is that much of the action will take place in existing sporting infrastructure. The opening and closing ceremonies, for instance, will take place in the Maracanã (already upgraded for the World Cup) and the athletics will take place in the stadiums built for the Pan American Games in 2007. Let’s face it, there’s hardly limited facilities to stage beach volleyball, sailing and mountain biking!

“75 per cent of the square metres required for the Games were already there,” says Gryner. “We were building just 25 per cent of the square metres required. Venues for events such as shooting, equestrian and the arena for gymnastics were all built for the Pan American Games.”

Nevertheless, taxpayers will still find themselves bearing the burden of paying for the international sporting event which will spend an overall budget of 37 billion Reais (£7.6 billion). As of yet, however, it appears the Brazilians are more welcoming of the Olympic Games compared to the animosity leading up to the criticised World Cup.

“Last week there were some protests all over the country,” says Gryner of the more than one million people who took to the streets to march against the government of President Dilma Rousseff. “We were very curious to see if there would be banners saying ‘No Olympics’. There was nothing like that. People have a very good understanding of what we are trying to undertake.”

In a poll that was conducted at the end of last year, 67% of Brazilians were in favour of the Games. This will be put to the test on Monday when the first tranche of tickets are made available for sale to the domestic market.

Gryner also went on to say that the games in Brazil will be “fit, clean and fun. Clean meaning being ethical. Fit meaning that we are doing what is needed and nothing else. That will show that many cities can host the Olympics without overspending. And fun? Well this is Brazil.”

Despite Gryners confidence and humour, serious issues still need to be addressed such as traffic control, pollution and crime. Brazil still have a lot to do before they can sit back but what Gryner and the Rio Olympics Committee is sure of is “The experience that people had when they arrived here for the World Cup, despite the criticism, was they had a wonderful time. Because that’s our way. And they will again for the Olympics.”

We say, bring on the games!

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2016 Olympics update: 71% construction underway

Approximately 71% of the contracts for infrastructure works to prepare Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics have been signed and construction works are well under-way according to the Olympic public authority APO.

In a government release, APO president General Fernando Azevedo e Silva said he was satisfied with the advancement of projects which were last monitored in January, “We’re sure that the games in Rio will be well organised.”

The private sector is investing approximately R$ 4.2bn, or 65% of the total in the 2016 Olympics. The rest is being covered by public funds.

The most significant advances over the last six months involves works for the Deodoro Sports Complex projects. There are 11 construction and adaptation projects underway for sports facilities that will host 11 Olympic and four Paralympic events.

The main infrastructure projects for the sporting event includes Rio’s Olympic Park, which covers two different areas of the city, the old Jacarepaguá raceway and the Deodoro sports complex. Other Olympic preparation projects include a bus rapid transit (BRT) system, road improvements, waste-water works and the cleaning up of Guanabara bay.

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