World Cup

Brazil aim to improve services

The Brazilian national team continue to prepare for the World Cup.
Share This Story

   
 

The Brazilian government wants to improve services for the nearly 600,000 international visitors and 3 million local tourists expected at next year's World Cup.

''How we welcome these tourists will determine the image that they will take away from the country,'' tourism ministry official Izabel Barnasque said in a statement.

A committee that includes officials from several parts of the government has been meeting regularly to discuss ways to better accommodate the visitors.

Some measures have already been agreed upon, including the creation and renovation of more than 100 stations to attend to tourists in the 12 host cities.

The government's efforts come in addition to its ongoing fight against high hotel and airline costs during the tournament.

Home to Carnival, pristine beaches and the Amazon rain forest, Brazil is used to tourists all year, but the World Cup will attract an unprecedented number of worldwide visitors. FIFA said fans from more than 200 countries have applied for tickets for a monthlong tournament that begins next June. After Brazilians, most of the ticket requests came from Americans, Argentines and Germans.

RISING STAR

Neymar may be young, but he already has many memorable moments.

The group created by the government has already met in Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo and Brasilia. It is expected to meet in all other host cities by the end of the year, when it will report its findings to the government. The group is also using the visits to monitor the quality of services available in the cities.

After a meeting in Brasilia on Thursday, the tourism ministry said it is investing about $16 million in the 105 new tourist centers.

The ministry also said Brazil's health surveillance agency and the country's association of bars and restaurants will work to categorize the establishments based on sanitary conditions. The restaurants are being instructed to translate menus into different languages.

Also Thursday, the government met with airline industry officials to discuss new routes because of greater passenger demand during the World Cup. The routes are expected to be completed in January. As of now, there aren't direct flights between many of the World Cup host cities.

The government last month created a committee to monitor hotel and airline ticket price hikes. The action comes after complaints by consumer advocates and amid reports of huge price increases during the tournament.

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

SOCCER Videos

Neymar: I will return 100 percent fit Posted: Jul 31, 2014
Neymay says his recovery from his back injury is going well and he is looking fo...

Nigeria reinstated by FIFA Posted: Jul 31, 2014
The Nigerian FA have been cleared by FIFA after being suspended for governmental...

Lahm retires from German national team Posted: Jul 18, 2014
World Cup champion Philipp Lahm has retired from the German national team.

Germany top FIFA rankings after winning World Cup Posted: Jul 17, 2014
Germany's fourth World Cup win has moved them to the top of FIFA's world ranking...

Pele: World Cup exit 'was a disaster' Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Brazilian legend Pele says his national team's recent losses were disastrous and...