Police in Rio Preparing for Major Events

Military police, civil police, and the city’s municipal guards have been training recently, learning crowd control techniques and more so they can best handle the major events that are taking place in Brazil in the near future. Following the course, seventy-six of the trainees then participated in a mock civil disorder exercise while using non-lethal weapons.

The training was focused on order management and coordination, with specialist trainers being brought in from Spain. Spain has had experience in hosting major world events. Grand total in 2013 are 4,250 police officers that are expected to be trained. Later in the year, further training will be involved to help in dealing with more violent crowd situations.

The reason for these preparations is the upcoming hosting of the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013, the FIFA World Cup in 2014, and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Millions of tourists are expected to be arriving in the city for these events. There is also a large event, World Youth Day 2013, that is expected to draw a large crowd when it’s held later this year.

A member of the Spanish Police Force, Juan Francisco Molina, says of the training and preparations “We believe Brazilian police are highly-qualified, with well-established protocols, and are prepared to face the major events that are set to come to Rio.”

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.

Brazil FIFA World Cup Facts

Brazilians love soccer, and the world loves seeing Brazil playing soccer, thus making the FIFA World Cup one of the most important sporting events to Brazil. In 2014 Brazil will proudly be hosting the World Cup, and we can barely contain our excitement about this. In the spirit of this, we thought we’d look back at some important events in Brazil’s World Cup history.

#1 Brazil has won the World Cup a record 5 times.

#2 Brazil’s Pele has been involved in the winning of 3 World Cups, 1958, 1962, and 1970, and is the only player to hold this title.

#3 Ronaldo scored 15 goals in the 1998, 2002, and 2006 tournaments.

#4 Pele was only 17 when he made a record goal in the 1958 game against Sweden. He was standing in the penalty area facing away from the goal when he trapped the ball with his chest and kicked the ball over his head while fending off a defender and into the goal past goalkeeper Karl Svensson.

#5 Mario Zagallo was not only a player in the winning 1958 World Cup, he was also a coach. A first in World Cup history.

#6 In 1962, there was actually a tie between 6 players, including Brazil’s Garrincha.

#7 Brazil has participated in 92 World Cup tournaments.

 

 

2014 World Cup Packages

 

The 20th FIFA World Cup is set to be hosted in 2014 in Brazil. Matches will be held in: Rio de Jainero, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador, and Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo will be hosting the opening match to kick off the games on June 12, 2014.

The World Cup is notoriously difficult and expensive to attend, but it’s not out of reach if you plan carefully and keep an eye out for deals in airfare and hotels. Starting in December 2013, FIFA will begin selling tickets; around the same time travel agencies will start to offer their World Cup travel packages. Bundling your hotels, eating, traveling, and tickets into one are the best way to save in this scenario.

Between now and opening day, we’ll be posting any and all deals, tips, tricks, gossip, discounts, and news that can help ensure you’re there in Brazil watching your favorite footballers come 2014 and experience the trip of your lifetime.

Today we’re giving a heads up on the travel companies to watch for Brazil FIFA World Cup 2014 packages coming your way. The packages aren’t available yet, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as they are.

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Controversial World Cup Alcohol Law Approved


In 2003, when Brazil was chosen to host the 2014 World Cup, it promised to sell alcohol despite the alcohol ban that was instituted that same year in an attempt to reduce violence at the soccer matches. The promise was made after football‘s world governing body insisted alcohol be allowed because Budweiser is to be a sponsor.

The new legislation does not specifically authorize alcohol sales inside stadium walls, however it will allow Brazil to fulfill their promise to Fifa. Now the bill just needs to be signed into law by President Dilma Rousseff.

When the ban was put into place in 2003 it was expected to lower the game time violence that was becoming a big problem. Senator Lindbergh Farias has stated that the ban has successfully done so. In reference to the new World Cup law, he went on to say “They will only be able to sell them during World Cup; we’re not going to allow it in general.”

Some senators do not share Farias optimism, however. ” Fifa’s demand doesn’t make sense because the most important thing is that alcoholic advertisement is freely available.” said Senator Humberto Costa. He went on to say “To liberalize the use of alcohol, imagining that 10,000 to 20,000 beers sold in a match would change a company’s economic situation is absurd.”

Reduced price tickets has also been another disagreement surrounding the World Cup. Traditionally in Brazil, students and pensioners are given half priced tickets as a courtesy, however Fifa does not want this to apply to World Cup tickets due to the impact it may have on revenue. Instead, 300,000 tickets have been set aside for students, pensioners, and minority groups.

Brazil’s World Cup Stadium Cities

Porto Alegre

Porte Alegre isn’t your typical large Brazilian city – it’s not much like Rio or Saõ Paulo. The city was formed in 1742 by immigrants from the Portuguese archipelago of Azores. Thousands of immigrants from Portugal and Italy flooded the city center. The state is located far down the south of Brazil, with it’s capital being Rio Grande do Sul. It’s people are called gaúchos and share several cultural traits with their neighbours from close by Argentina and Uruguay. You’ll find plenty of folklore music and plenty of drinking the mate infusion, or chimarrão.

Porto Alegre has over 1 million people and 1 million trees, it is one of the greenest cities in Brazil. It lies on the eastern bank of the Guaíba River, right at the convergence point of five other rivers, which together form the enormous Lagoa dos Patos (Ducks Lagoon).

Temperatures aren’t as hot down here as they are in more northern parts of Brazil. Generally mild, the average daily temperature is 19.5ºC and cold winters that have record snow fall and subzero temperatures. You will however, find four distinct seasons, with summer temperatures reaching beyond 35ºC.

Curitiba

The city of Curitiba is a world-wide role model for dealing with government issues such as transportation and the preservation of the environment while facing rapid commercialism.

With over 1.8 million residents, Curitiba is the most populous city in the southern region of Brazil. The city is also prosperous, being the 4th largest contributor to the country’s gross national product. Curitiba is full of culture and residents are known to praise their quality of life.

The curitibanos cultural richness is mostly thanks to the massive immigration process the south of Brazil underwent during the 19th century, when it welcomed a huge contingent of Germans, Italians, Ukrainians and Polish. You’ll notice these influences in city landmarks like the Santa Felicidade neighbourhood, with its first-class Italian cantinas; the Bosque Alemão (German Wood) and the Ukrainian church replica at fabulous Tingui Park.

The city is very green, parks can be found all over the place. Besides the Tingui, other important parks that showcase Curitiba’s desire to preserve green areas include the Tangua, the Barigui and the impressive Botanical Garden. Other city attractions revolve around its pulsating cultural life, like the Opera de Arame (a theatre all built with glass and iron wires) and the pungent Oscar Niemeyer Museum, designed by the architect himself.

Rio De Janiero

Rio needs no introduction. It the best of all worlds; the city, the beach, the architecture and culture, the nightlife … the list can go on forever. The city’s rich history and natural beauty have certainly contributed to making the city well-known and loved across the world. Rio is most popular for its New Year’s Eve celebrations and world-famous Carnival festivals. This bustling cosmopolitan downtown, located between a tropical forest and a series of breathtaking beaches, is an ideal base for exploring the country.

Rio de Janeiro is a city filled with everything and visitor could want. Its striking colonial architecture integrates so well with its modern buildings to truly create a city rich with history and modern taste. We’ve all seen the two most iconic sights of the city; Sugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, but seeing them in person is breathtaking and surreal.

Belo Horizonte

The number one question asked when someone meets a belo-horizontino, as they call themselves, is often the same: Atletico Mineiro or Cruzeiro (Referring to the city’s most famous soccer teams)? Belo Horizonte – or Beagá, as the city is famously known, after the sound of initials BH in Portuguese – is the sixth-most populated city in Brazil, with just over 2.4 million residents.

From the beauty of its parks and green areas to the careful city-planning; from the wide chocies of cultural activities to the natural wonders of the Serra do Curral surrounding it, Belo Horizonte has countless reasons for constantly being appointed as one of Latin America’s best cities for the best qualify of life.

Brasília

When you think Brasília, the first thing that comes to mind is Soccer. In continuing with it’s rich architecture trends, the city has began construction on its Estadio Nacional, an arena with seating for 70,042 spectators, making it the second largest of the stadiums hosting matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The amazing new stadium will be one of a kind, with metal and roof stands, and low-pitched unobstructed views from every single seat. The new stadium will be Brasília’s third, along with the Serejao, the home to the Brasíliense, and the Bezerrao, which was recently refurbished and reopened in 2008. The World Cup won’t be the end of use for the stadium, afterwards it will host concerts and major cultural events.

Based on carbon neutrality, recycling and total access via public transportation, this environmentally friendly construction project will confirm Brasília’s status as a world leader in sustainable urban planning, creating a valuable legacy for other sectors of the local economy.

Cuiabá

Cuiabá is a must see for tourists. It is home to three of Brazil’s most desired natural sights: the savannahs of the Cerrado, the wetlands of the Pantanal, and the world-famous Amazon rainforest. With such a dominant presence of nature all around its surroundings, it’s no surprise that Cuiabá has been given the nickname ‘Green City.’ The cuiabanosalso is next to the mountain range of Chapada dos Guimaraes, where thousands of visitors every year find archaeological sites and a 3,300-square kilometre National Parks. The Chapada dos Guimaraes mountains block the polar masses and helps driving temperatures to over 40º C during the summer, making it one of Brazil’s hottest places.

Especially built for the World Cup Brazil 2014, the new stadium will host four matches, hosting over 42,000 fans.

Salvador

When the Portuguese first began to colonize Brazil around the mid-1500′s, the first area they took over was Salvador. This coastal city in the country’s north-east was one of the main ports for slave trade in South America. Because of this, the presence of African culture is easy to spot in Salvador. From the circles of capoeira (a combination of martial art and dance brought to Brazil by African slaves) at the Modelo Martket to the beat of the agogôs and atabaques (percussion instruments) in Candomblé – a syncretic religion conceived in Brazil. This influence of African heritage has earned a nickname of Roma Negra (Black Rome) for Salvador. The city is the birthplace and home of some of Brazil’s most well known artists.

Salvador’s topography is very unique, with a clear distinction between it’s low and high cities (Cidade Baixa and Cidade Alta). The low and high cities are bridged together by one of the cities most important landmarks, the Elevador Lacerda. But perhaps the most infamous part of the city is the Pelourinho, which is its historical center. All its churches, rainbow colored historic buildings and architecture were made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.

Recife

Recife has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Brazil. A few of them are located around the state’s capital, Boa Viagem, and the most famous is Porto de Galinhas, located about 70km away from Recife, and which stands among the top tourist destinations in the country.

With a strong Dutch presence, year-round tropical climate and spectacular beaches that are common to the north-eastern coast of Brazil, the region of Recife also has a lot of history and cultural richness, and was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1982.

The ultimate best time to check the traditions of Recife is during carnival. Join 2 million other people and enjoy the rhythms of frevo and maracatu as they completely take the city and rock street parades like the Galo da Madrugada (‘Dawn Rooster’).


Recife is absolutely mad about football. They have three of the top soccer clubs: Sport Club do Recife, Santa Cruz Futebol Clube or Clube Nautico Capibaribe.

Natal

In order for Natal to be able to host the World Cup, they had to agree to build a new stadium. They demolished their two older stadiums and built a brand new one to host the festivities.

Natal is proudly nicknamed Cidade do Sol (Sun City), thanks to its year-round average tropical climate of 28º C. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, it is a huge vacation destination for Europeans and other international visitors.

Fortaleza

Fortaleza is home to over 34 kilometres of coastline. It has been one of the main tourist destinations in the north-east of Brazil for many years, and increases in popularity yearly. But, with over 2.4 million residents, the city has also developed into an important economic center.

Most of the tourist attractions in Fortaleza revolve around its beaches. The Praia do Futuro (Future Beach) is popular for its several barracas - simple kiosk-restaurants built on the sand that serve fresh, typical seafood. If you’re looking for nightlife, Iracema is full of bars and nightclubs.  The coastal Beira Mar avenue is a the place for a traditional daily craftsmen’s fair and for some of the top spots to dance the forró, a typical rhythm from the north-east of Brazil.

Over the decades, Fortaleza has invested in new infrastructure for tourism. Some of these include the Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura  (Sea Dragon Art and Culture Centre) and the Beach Park, Brazil’s largest water park, with several cutting-edge speed-slides distributed along 35,000 square kilometres.

Manaus

Not traditionally a city huge in soccer history, Manaus will certainly attract visitors due to its new soccer stadium shown above.

The city is literally at the heart of the Amazon rainforest, the largest tropical rainforest in the world. The Amazon was the inspiration for the refurbished stadium, which will appear to be covered in straw, a product the region is famous for.

This sustainable stadium project will provide an important legacy for the region and play its part in helping to preserve the diversity of the Amazonian rainforest. For example, rainwater will be collected for later use in toilets or to water the pitch, while the region’s endless supply of sunshine will be used to generate clean and renewable energy for the stadium. Plant screens will also be created to keep energy costs down by controlling temperatures inside the stadium.