Rio 2016 will shine a light on Brazil says Tourism Minister

first_imgAccording to Henrique Eduardo Alves, Brazil’s Minister of Tourism, Brazil is all set to capture the world’s imagination.Rio 2016 will be the first Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in South America. Having hosted other major events such as Rio+20, World Youth Day, a visit from the Pope and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Olympics will benefit from the country’s organising experience and will offer the public an “unforgettable experience”.Over 15,000 from 205 nations will arrive for the Olympic Games in August next year with majority of the events being held in Rio de Janeiro. With a hope to attract foreign visitors, the government has already eased visa restrictions allowing U.S. passport holders 90 days in the country without a visa until September 18, 2016. Alves hopes that the Games would give Brazil a chance to strengthen its relationship with North America and extend an invitation to the world to visit.In 2014, 656,800 tourists visited Brazil from America, just over 10% of the 6.43 million international visitors the country received that year.last_img read more

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