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Brazil to lead price increases in 2013

Brazil to lead price increases in 2013

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Carlson Wagonlit Travel heralds the bad news:

Brazil leads the way as the only nation in CWT’s entire 48-country forecast expected to see double-digit price increases next year, which causes significant challenges for travel budgets.

This statement and a more complete picture can be read at the company’s global forecast for 2013 in the tourism sector.

The company estimates hotel prices will increase in Brazil above 10% during next year. The proximity of the big sporting events (World Cup and Olympic Games) leaves little doubt as to whether there will be joy for the traveler’s budget during the coming years. Certainly not if they are heading to Brazil. If Rio+20 is a model to be followed (an end to the Rio hotel saga, for the time being at least), there are very dark clouds in the horizon.

Independent travelers are hopelessly abandoned by the Brazilian tourism authorities, who still believe organized traveled, package tours and travel agencies will save the day. In the meantime, other worldwide destinations with an array of attractions are competing on an equal level with Brazil and enticing more travelers to their shores. In view of the rising costs of holidaying in Brazil, a new approach to bringing foreign tourists to the country will be needed.

September 3, 2012 | By More
Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the most expensive 4* hotels in the world

Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the most expensive 4* hotels in the world

hotel Unique, São Paulo

According to an international hotel price index just published, Río de Janeiro has the most expensive 4* hotels in the world. São Paulo comes second on the list. When all hotel categories are taken into account, Rio de Janeiro features in 9th place while São Paulo takes the 21st place.

The top placings of Rio and São Paulo are due to a large extent to the power of the local currency, the real. While hotels in both cities are expensive, an overvalued real makes them even more so, in particular on the eyes of the foreign traveler. If you’re looking for accommodation on any of those two cities and are bewildered by the range of prices you’re finding out, rest assured the problem is not yours. It is the reality of accommodation in the two largest Brazilian cities.

This blog has one main entry devoted to Rio de Janeiro and another one devoted to São Paulo: destination: Rio de Janeiro and destination: São Paulo.

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October 26, 2011 | By More
Natal, the most expensive capital in Northeast Brazil

Natal, the most expensive capital in Northeast Brazil

Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil

An article from Tribuna do Norte (we saw it mentioned at the blog Guia Natal) reflects on increasing living costs in Natal, capital of Rio Grande do Norte. Prices have gone up to the point where Natal is today the most expensive capital in Northeast Brazil, surpassing Recife, Salvador and Fortaleza. The reason for the high cost of living would be a rapidly increasing population putting pressure on a limited housing and services market.

Destination: Natal is our main blog post on the popular destination of northeast Brazil.

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August 4, 2011 | By More
sky-high prices, a new Brazilian reality

sky-high prices, a new Brazilian reality

“Brazilian hotels, the most expensive in the world”.
“Rio de Janeiro, the most expensive city of the Americas”.
“Accommodation in São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro is more expensive than in Berlin”.

The media headlines tell the story of how expensive Brazil has become in recent years. An overvalued local currency means foreign tourists will discover today Brazil is a very expensive country. Price of accommodation in particular will be a sore issue in all traveling budgets.

O Globo magazine published recently a cover where the comparisons are established between prices in Rio de Janeiro and elsewhere in the world.

rio nas alturas

Haircut more expensive than in London.
Croissant more expensive than in Paris.
Bellini more expensive than in Venice.
Cupcake more expensive than in New York.
Movies more expensive than in Madrid.
Bicycle hire more expensive than in Amsterdam.
Yoga lessons more expensive than in Hollywood.
Gym more expensive than in Madonna’s gym in Mexico City.
Trip up to the Corcovado Mountain more expensive than the boat to the Statue of Liberty.
Trip up the Sugar Loaf Mountain more expensive than reaching the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Let’s reach for another source. The ranking of the most expensive cities in the world by XPatulator. It takes into account cost of living and on its April 2011 edition it includes the following cities on its top 15:

  1. Tokyo (Japan)
  2. Caracas (Venezuela)
  3. Hong Kong (China)
  4. Geneve (Switzerland)
  5. Zurich (Switzerland)
  6. Osaka (Japan)
  7. São Paulo (Brazil)
  8. Nagoya (Japan)
  9. Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
  10. Oslo (Norway)
  11. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  12. Sydney (Australia)
  13. Yokohama (Japan)
  14. Brasilia (Brazil)
  15. Canberra (Australia)

Three Brazilian cities appear in the list.

Brazil has become such an expensive country for tourism than even Brazilian themselves are choosing to travel abroad rather than spending their own holidays home – expenditure by Brazilian tourists abroad is breaking all records (Turistas brasileiros gastam US$ 4,7 bi no exterior em 2011).

Let’s hope for better times for foreign tourism in Brazil. The current price situation is anything but encouraging.

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May 6, 2011 | By More
the Big Mac Index and Brazil as one of the most expensive tourist destinations right now

the Big Mac Index and Brazil as one of the most expensive tourist destinations right now

The article When the chips are down published recently by The Economist featured a table with recent Big Mac Index data that shows how Brazil has become a very expensive destination.

The index is a a semi-humorous attempt to compare living costs throughout the world, by comparing the cost of a single product, the Big Mac burguer. According to the table, the Brazilian Big Mac would be among the most expensive in the world. Which is even more surprising if you consider salaries and wages are much lower in the Brazil than in the other countries at the top of the table.

The rise of Brazil to the top of the most expensive tourist destinations it is not due so much to price increases in Brazil (inflation is under control) but to the increasing value of the Brazilian real against other currencies.

So be warned that looking up prices of transportation and accommodation in Brazil can produce a few surprises. The only possible way of enjoying your holiday in Brazil is to forget the calculator exists; if you keep making conversions you will spoil your holiday!

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August 11, 2010 | By More