BRASIL 2014 – Journey to the World Cup 2014 begins

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Twelve Brazilian cities will host the 2014 World Cup: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiab·, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and S„o Paulo. There is an abundance of beaches, mountains, rivers and cities all waiting with open arms for tourists who will come to enjoy the football in Brazil. The initial expectation of the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism is that the tourist flow during the period of the event will be approximately 500 thousand people.

Since it was announced that Brazil was chosen to host the World Cup, the Ministry of Tourism has been developing activities alongside the planning of the event. A preparation of assessment was commissioned and it is hoped that the tourists that visit Brazil will subsidise the cost. The National Tourism Development Program (Prodetur) a partnership between the Ministry and the International Development Bank (IDB), allows states and municipalities to invest in their tourist infrastructure.

To help look after the tourists during the World Cup, the Ministry of Tourism and the Roberto Marinho Foundation launched a ìHello, tourist!î program in Februarys to train professionals in the industry in English and Spanish. The project should help train about 80 thousand people and the federal government has invested £8.8 million in this.

The general infrastructure in the country will also be improved. The airports in the cities that will host the games will have investment of £ 4.4 billion over the next few years. In addition, all twelve states already have their own projects for internal improvement. So if youíre a football fanatic or simply want to come to Brazil and did not know the best time for it, well you can enjoy the largest sporting event in the world and visit this diverse country at the same time. Brazil will welcome you with open arms into an even more beautiful and well-structured country.

The World Cup in Brazil is still a long way off, in less than five years many decisions must be made. One decision that has already been made is the location of the final. The Macaran„, the most famous football stadium in the world, will host the final. It is the scene of many great players like Pele, Zico, Romario and Ronaldo. By the time of World Cup the stadium will have undergone extensive restoration, costing £250 million, which will include internal and external improvements. The airport should have its capacity increased by more than five million passengers, to 20 million a year, 7,500 new hotel rooms are expected and a football museum will also be built.

Located in the Southeast, Rio de Janeiro is the most popular Brazilian city for overseas tourists. It is the city with the most leisure options in the country, from beaches to waterfalls and from diving to Samba. The bohemian neighbourhood of Lapa should be included in all schedules as on a night out here, the fun is guaranteed until the first rays of sun appear in the morning.

Sao Paulo, the state capital with the same name has one of the largest cities in the world with about 20 million inhabitants. The forecast from the Brazilian Airport infrastructure Company (Infraero) is that it will invest £ 1 billion to improve local airports. The stadium Cicero Pompeu de Toledo, also known as Morumbi, was chosen to the host games. It will have a large VIP and a new press section added. The cost of the work will be approximately £45 million and the capacity of the stadium will be 62,882.

Belo Horizonte is a large City with a countryside feel. The first designed Brazilian city, Belo Horizonte has architecture inspired by France. Belo Horizonte is one of the largest cities in Brazil and due to rapid growth in recent years and the upcoming World Cup, the government plans to expand the subway. The project is budgeted at approximately £2.1 billion and is scheduled for completion in 2013. For 2014 World Cup, the renovated stadium will be able to accommodate 69,950 fans, with 60 thousand seats on offer to the general public, VIPs and 2.5 thousand people, in the press area.

Recife is another city to look out for. If one day someone says that in Brazil things are always left to the last minute, well Recife is here to prove otherwise. On the day that Recife found out it would help host the World Cup in 2014, it had already announced plans for improvements. By 2012, £2.3 billion will have been invested, guarantees the mayor Eduardo Campos.

Salvador was the first capital of Brazil. The coastal city is the most populous region of the Northeast. To improve the local infrastructure for the World Cup, £1.2 billion will be spent on construction with new plans for improving urban transportation. New bus routes and subway stations will be opened. The airport will undergo refurbishment by 2014 to increase passenger capacity. The new stadium will have capacity for 55 thousand fans.

Fortaleza is known for sunny days and party nights. For the World Cup, a planned improvement of infrastructure, accessibility and mobility is planned, such as building airports at Aracati and Jericoacoara between the cities of Aquiraz and Beberibe. Also the construction of an Events Centre of Ceara and an entertainment complex at Acquario Ceara located on Iracema Beach in Fortaleza.

The next city is Natal. Like a cake recipe, Natal has a mixture of ingredients that make the perfect holiday: sun the whole year, beautiful beaches, colourful and exciting sand dunes and now itís a host city for the 2014 World Cup. According to the Brazilian Association of Infrastructure and Basic Industry, £3.1 billion will be invested and from this amount, £500 million should be used in the design of the Dunes Complex Arena and the football stadium.
Porto Alegre is the Land of the barbecue, entertainment and football. Along with Uruguay, Porto Alegre offers great options for both the day and for the evening, including a list of cultural programs throughout the city centre. The city is expecting an investment of £2.5 billion, including the refurbishment of the stadium, improvements to the roads and expansion of hotels and training facilities.

Curitiba, the capital of Parana State also has plans to adapt the infrastructure of the city in preparation for the World Cup in 2014 with a provisional budget of £2.8 billion. From this figure, £1.3 billion is earmarked for construction of the first subway line. The stadium Joaquim Americo is considered to be one of the most modern in Brazil but will still undergo work to adapt and extend it to meet FIFA requirements. After the renovation, the capacity will be 41,375.

Brasilia is known as the curved lines of the Federal Capital. To expand public transportation for the World Cup, a Light Rail Vehicle (VLT) will be implemented. The new means of transport link the stadium to host the games main points of the city and the Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport. The plan is to increase the capacity of the stadium to 70,000 making it the second largest stadium in Brazil, behind only the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Cuiaba, capital of Mato Grosso, offers the opportunity to stay in touch with nature and still have the infrastructure of a large city. For the World Cup in 2014, the government is investing £1.5 billion in public transport including an overground metro system. The Governor Jose Fragelli stadium, known as Verdao, the reformation is estimated at £270 million with a capacity of 42,500. Eight hotels will be built, with an investment of £33 million.

Manaus, the capital of Amazonas State and one of the main gateways to the largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon. With the announcement as one of host a city for the World Cup, the city is upgrading the stadium, estimated at a cost of £315 million. In the hotel sector, two international hotel groups will make an investment of about £60 million.
If the city cannot accommodate the influx of visitors, then the many lodges in the rain forest certainly will be able to take the over flow. Less than 30 minutes by boat along the Rio Negro you can take advantage of some of the best lodges in the world. Built with the tourist in mind, they are completely structured and offer excellent facilities.

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