ATLANTA— As Brazil prepares to welcome an estimated two million tourists for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, the Trade Investment Bureau of the Consulate General of Brazil in Atlanta delivered the latest information regarding the Games, at a tourism seminar, hosted this Wednesday in partnership with the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast (BACC-SE), the Brazilian Tourism Board (EMBRATUR), Delta Air Lines and GOL Airlines.
Ambassador Hermano Telles Ribeiro, consul general of Brazil in Atlanta, opened the seminar with remarks about a July visit to the Olympic sites in his hometown. He noted that the city is transparently completing several sustainable developments that will bring a “small revolution” to its citizens.
Echoing this remark, Miguel Jeronimo, director of the EMBRATUR office in N.Y., gave a report on the recent urban developments. Among those, Jeronimo highlighted that by next year the Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport will be as efficient as the newly renovated Guarulhos airport, and that the Port of Rio will be able to accommodate cruise ships. Jeronimo also showed a video (at bottom), which gives a sneak peak of various Rio 2016 attractions. Further, he noted that many of the Olympic facilities will be redeveloped into hospitals and learning facilities.
Admission to most events is estimated at $30.
“The 2014 World Cup brought a huge number of Americans to Brazil, but the present currency exchange rate is enabling an even bigger number of tourists to attend the Games,” said Ambassador Ribeiro.
Luiz Henrique Teixeira, Delta Air Lines commercial director, agreed, saying, “This is the moment for Americans to travel to Brazil.”
Teixeira covered the preparations that Delta is making to accomodate travelers, including the purchase of two A333 aircrafts, the addition of several flights and a strong partnership with Brazilian airline, GOL.
This seminar was the second of a series, which began in May of this year. Among the attendees were several tourism industry professionals, nonprofit representatives, journalists and diplomats. After the event, attendee Franklin McGruder, president of Atlanta Rio de Janeiro Sister Cities Foundation, remarked that he is looking forward to Rio 2016 and its legacy.
to see Olympic Boulevard video on YouTube.
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By Pedro Ferreira
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