Brazil Welcomed One Million International Visitors During World Cup
Record number of visitors from 203 different countries praised Brazil
New York, July 15, 2014 – According to information by the federal government, one million foreign tourists visited Brazil during the World Cup. That’s way above the estimated 600,000 expected prior to the games. A study conducted by the Ministry of Tourism shows that Brazil welcomed tourists from 203 different countries during the World Cup. For most of them (61%), it was their first time in Brazil and they praised infrastructure and tourism related services.
“Brazil showed to the world that we are ready to host an event of this magnitude. We now have the challenge of changing the interest in business shown by foreign visitors into benefits for the population, generating employment and income”, stated the Minister of Tourism Vinicius Lages.
A total of 3.4 million people attended matches at the stadium, the second highest number of attendees during a world cup. Another record was the total number of guests at the Fan Fests: 5 million people. There was an influx of 16.7 million passengers at airports. Another main factor to note is that despite the record number of travelers, delay rates were lower than the international average.
Among the items that scored the highest points with visitors were hospitality and cuisine, with 98% and 93% approval rates respectively. The study also shows that the World Cup brought about benefits for more than the 12 host cities. Foreign tourists, who stayed in the country on average for 13 days, visited 378 Brazilian municipalities.
According to the same study, a total of 3,056,397 Brazilians travelled around the country during the tournament.
About Brazil Tourism:
With its spectacular beaches, lush rainforests, rich culture, exotic cuisine and exciting nightlife, Brazil is one of the most compelling countries to visit today. Travelers are invited to explore Brazil’s incredible geographical diversity – from the wetlands to the beaches. With a beautiful, tropical climate, Brazil is an easily accessible, exotic get-away for couples, families and business travelers. Brazil will host two of the world’s most important sporting events of the decade – the World Cup 2014 and the Olympic Games 2016 – making it the perfect time to plan a first (or return) visit.