The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has selected Rio de Janeiro as the 31st Olympic and Paralympic Games host city. The increase in foreign tourists to Brazil in 2016 is already projected to be ten to 15 percent greater than the previous year (2015).
Rio de Janeiro was one of four finalist cities including Madrid, Chicago and Tokyo, and went into the final rounds confidently as the final assessment report from the IOC qualified Rio’s submission as one of “very high quality”.
To understand how this might affect future revenue for tourism resources in Rio, the Brazil Tourism Board EMBRATUR references the current data from Central Bank noting a record influx of tourism revenue in Brazil in 2008. Foreign tourists spent US $5.785 billion in Brazil, an increase of 133 percent as compared to 2003.
In previous years, investments and works generated in Olympic host cities have boosted tourism, especially in regards to business travelers. The Minister of Tourism, Mr. Luiz Barretto, who was one of the Brazilian delegates in Copenhagen, emphasized the potentials gains for Brazilian tourism sectors.
“I congratulate every person and entity involved in this winning project. This is a day to celebrate for all Brazilians, who for the first time will organize one of the most important events on the planet,” Baretto said. “The Olympic Games will promote Rio as a city abroad, but will also represent our entire country. This will provide immense increases in Brazilian tourism and for our economy in the long run.”
As the first South American city to host the Olympic Games and famous for its natural and beautiful landscapes, the Marvelous City, as Brazilians call it, is sure to make the 2016 Games sensational. Rio de Janeiro will provide all the required needs for hosting a large-scale and important event such as this in addition to the opportunity for athletes to perform surrounded by spectacular scenery. Tourists will be afforded the inaugural chance to enjoy the Games with the beauty of Rio serving as the background and offering innumerable tourist opportunities.
“Having the Olympic Games following the World Cup in 2014 means a huge infrastructure legacy with direct impact to tourism, but it also creates a tremendous advertisement campaign that will change the image of Brazil for at least four years,” said Jeanine Pires president of EMBRATUR, the Brazilian Tourist Board. “This is a great promotional opportunity and we will show the world that, aside from beautiful beaches, cultural and natural diversity, we also boast infrastructure in what some may consider one of the greatest destinations for international events in the world.”
The IOC’s decision took into consideration multiple factors, including Rio’s economic development, infrastructure, safety and lodging. Rio de Janeiro’s beauty and the joy of the Carioca people, a term referencing locals, who supported the city’s candidacy with an overwhelming 85 percent also contributed to the final decision.