Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 23, 2010
The 2016 Olympics and 2014 World Cup will affirm what many know already -- Brazil is one of the best kept secrets for luxury travel in the world, although most people only know the country for its natural beauty, Carnival and Caipirinhas. Future developments added to an already established infrastructure, supporting luxury travel across the country, not just in Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro was chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the first time a city in South America has been elected. Additionally, Brazil has been selected to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Several development projects are underway to prepare for these events, and to showcase the country as a major tourism destination. In Rio alone, hotel capacity is expected to more than double from its current total of 22,000 rooms to over 45,000 to accommodate visitors for the Olympic Games. Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism expects funding of nearly $17 billion from public and private investors for projects including transportation, luxury hotels, restaurants, and other tourist attractions in preparation for the games.
The development for 2016 does not mean travelers need to wait to visit the country. For instance, there are already several options for luxury destinations and accommodations in Brazil. The sooner those looking for off the-beaten-path places visit there, the more they will discover authentic experiences before it gets too popular and prices start increasing.
According to Daniela Schuch, founder of Real Brazil Travel, a boutique travel agency specializing in luxury travel to Brazil, “Today’s discerning traveler is looking for luxury that feels real and authentic. They want to connect with the local people, support environmental practices and still travel in style.” She adds, “Our clients are being advised to change their annual luxury trips to Europe and try Brazil instead. The feedback they’ve given us is they loved it”.
There are many under-the-radar, yet luxurious options including:
- Angra dos Reis – A short drive from Rio, its 2,000 beaches, 365 islands, and upscale accommodations are perfect for travelers looking to get away from the crowds of nearby Rio de Janeiro.
- Trancoso - South of Salvador-Bahia, this beach has received lots of attention recently for being a hip, chic destination but still unspoiled
- Florianopolis – Located in Southern Brazil, it’s an island with 42 unique, idyllic beaches that differ from the rest of Brazil’s coast
- Fernando de Noronha - An archipelago 200 miles from Recife, is essentially a nature preserve, offering world class diving and eco-tourism options
About Real Brazil Travel:
Real Brazil Travel is a boutique travel agency specializing in tailor-made luxury vacations. We focus on serving Brazil, offering the best beach destinations, unique luxury hotels, custom tours, and much more.
Sources: Nadja Brand, Bloomberg October 8, 2009 http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601206&sid=ap998uovriks
Brazil Ministry of Tourism October 2, 2009 http://www.turismo.gov.br/turismo/noticias/todas_noticias/200910025.html