Survey conducted by major Sao Paulo newspaper (Folha de Sao Paulo) recorded the opinions of 2,209 foreigners from 60 countries at airports, fan fests, and large gatherings in Rio, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Fortaleza from July 1st to the 11th.
A Datafolha survey shows that the Brazil World Cup exceeded the expectations of foreigners who visited the country for the games. Although 50% of participants stated that they were exposed to more negative than positive press before the cup, 83% of them rated the overall organization of the Cup as excellent. To 12% the quality was regular and only 3% gave a poor rating. Participants were impressed with the comfort and security in the stadiums: 92% gave a good review. Also 76% rated the transport to events as excellent. Overall a majority of 51% thought that the organization of the cup was better than they had expected.
Foreign spectators felt safe and were comfortable with urban transport: 60% of participants said that safety exceeded their expectations and 46% were impressed with the transport systems. However 29% of participants said that the overall costs were too high and 59% complained about the value of phone and Internet.
To the visitors the amiable and welcoming personality of Brazilians were a highlight. In their spontaneous responses, 42% of visitors remarked on the quality of Brazilian hospitality. Some also had poignant spontaneous remarks about the traffic, poverty, and safety.
“The tourists took home a positive image but were keen to the high costs of products and services, to the social inequality, and to lack of safety,” said Datafolha director, Mauro Paulino.
This survey recorded the opinions of 2,209 foreigners from 60 countries at airports, fan fests, and large gatherings in Rio, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Fortaleza from July 1st to the 11th. This is a sample size of the 1 million foreigners from 203 countries that visited the country for the event.
In a follow-up survey after the World Cup, 69% of the participants stated that they would live in Brazil.
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