Rio Hotel Rates to be Controlled by Brazilian Government

Brazil has numerous major sporting events coming up, including the FIFA Confederations Cup, the FIFA World Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympics. In light of this, the Brazilian government has promised to monitor hotel rates to ensure they don’t take advantage of the events and raise rated to levels to high for tourists.

Gaston Vieira, Minister for Tourism, says “Starting now, we are going to control the daily [hotel] prices together – both the government and Embratur [the Brazilian Tourist Board] and owners and industry members.”

The government has already held conferences with hotel owners and industry reps. They hope these talks will reduce any punitive measures or interventions that may have to be taken in order to keep prices down. Vierra has also said that they have also been trying to contend with airline prices and trying to get more seats offered. He says tourism in the country remains too expensive, and he hopes these steps will help develop legislation to increase tourism within the country.

There is also a consulting firm, called Mise En Place, that was launched in Rio recently in order to help the hotel industry prepare for hosting such large events as the ones coming up. They are assisting in developing new properties and helping to improve current properties, operations, and service standards.

Recently, the Rio+20 Summit, that was attended by top officials and diplomats, was seen as a trial run to see how the city can handle such large events. It assisted the government in pinpointing the areas in the hospitality industry that still need improvement. They intend to further improve with the upcoming Confederations Cup before eventually hosting the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, as they intend for these events to run as smoothly as possible.

Cable Car Controversy

The teleférico in Providência Favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News

There’s a new cable car system, called Teleférico, that is being planned and built for Rio’s Morro da Providencia favela community. It’s currently set to begin operation in May, and will be the second of its kind in Rio. However, Rio citizens have mixed emotions on its arrival, especially with some residents being evicted to make way for the cable car.

Three stations will make up the cable car system, all linking to Rio’s central train station. It will feature 16 gondolas and have the ability to transport 1,000 people per hour while shuttling along a 721 meter long line. This number may even increase if the demand is shown to be there.

The development is costing R$75 million and is part of a larger R$163 million infrastructure package that is being implemented in the area. The other cable car, similar to this one, was opened in the Complexo do Alemao favela community in Rio in 2011.

Providencia is Rio’s oldest favela community, at 115 years old. It was originally started by veteran’s of Brazil’s Canudos war. The community, previously a drug and crime haven, was ‘pacified’ under the government program in 2010 aimed at restoring law and order to drug communities.

Some residents are positive about the coming of the cable car, stating it will help them negotiate the steep staircases in the favela better. The local residents are even getting 2 free tickets per day for use. The pricing for visitor transportation is not yet set, but expected to be around R$1.

There’s another side to the residents of the favela, however. About 670 families face eviction over the construction in order to make way for two concrete towers to hold the wires for the cable car. The government will supply new homes for evicted residents, but they are reportedly frequently inadequate or too far away. Only a third of the families whose homes are marked for demolition have moved so far because of these concerns. They also believe the cable care line is mostly being built to serve tourists, especially right before the 2016 Olympics are set to be hosted in Rio, and is not a favela resident necessity.

Experts believe Rio is about to see a string of court cases in the months to come as residents are increasingly unhappy, and even accusing the government of not giving them prior warning or enough notice before this construction project began.

 

Brazil is gearing up for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and has now  has revealed its plans for “ambitious hiring goals” for the next year. 224 professional positions will be up for grabs within 2013. By the year 2016, the committee expects to employ some 4,000 people.

A range of areas will be covered in the job postings: engineers, medical staff , technicians, journalists, transportation specialists, and more. All positions are open to non-Brazilian professionals, however in order to qualify for hiring for most positions the applicant must be fluent in Portuguese. The positions that do not require Portuguese language skills are available for viewing on the English version of the Rio 2016 site. Out of country hires will also be assisted by Brazil in obtaining work Visa’s. The Olympic Organizing Committee is remaining hopeful that the promise of a unique cultural exchange, paired with attractive wages, will persuade applicants from all over the world.

Applications have already started pouring in, with the Systems Assistant position having received 2,433 applications, Licensing Manager 1,611 and a Sponsors Relations Specialist 1,471 submissions. By the end of 2012, 371 employees had already been hired, working on new stadiums and infrastructure projects of the like.

The Olympics are always a great economic booster worldwide, especially in the host country. Brazilians expect to see a definite economy boost with the job opportunities made available by the games.

If you are interested in applying for a position in the 2016 Rio Olympics, please visit: www.rio2016.org/oportunidades.

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2016 Summer Olympics to be Held in Rio de Jainero

Start packing your bags and planning your trip to Rio now! In the summer of 2016, Rio de Jainero will proudly host the Olympics! This will actually be the first time the Olympics will be held in a South American country, and Brazilians couldn’t be more excited! Most of the Olympic events and the Olympic village will be hosted in the Barra da Tijuca district of Rio, while the rest will be featured in Copacabana Beach, Deodoro, and Marcana.

Note the pictures shown above – this will be the Rio 2016 Olympic torch! This is definitely one of the most unique and beautiful Olympic torches ever designed and is a sure sign of more great things to come as the city prepares for its guests.

All together 28 sports are on the schedule for the 2016 games, two of them being new to the roster: Golf and Rugby Sevens. Tiger Woods is even expected to compete. This should all make more some exciting competition!

Rio’s logo is noteworthy as well (see below) as it incorporates both the Olympics and Rio extremely well in its design. The logo was designed by an agency named Tatil, and represents contagious energy, harmonious diversity, Olympic spirit, and exuberant nature. The colors are yellow, green, and blue and display three figures embracing in a hug. It’s pretty neat how this was done because it also represents Sugarloaf Mountain.

Rio is sure not to disappoint as 2016 Olympic host city. Olympians and attendees the world over will be wowed by the superb hospitality found throughout Brazil, the energy and life felt in the streets of Rio, and the pure beauty of this city. Can’t wait to see what Rio has in store for us all!

Stay tuned for updates, news, and stories as we follow Rio’s preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games.