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hotel rates up 376% for the World Cup period

hotel rates up 376% for the World Cup period

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

According to Embratur, Brazil’s tourism board, hotel rates for the period of the World Cup 2014 can be expected to be up to 376% more expensive than usual.

While surveying prices, Embratur also compared hotel rates in Rio de Janeiro with the rates practiced by hotels in Berlin and Johannesburg during the World Cup finals in 2006 and 2010 respectively. The average room cost for Berlin was USD 300 and for Johannesburg USD 200. Rio’s average rate for the period will reach USD 461.

It is probably time to repeat the advice I issued at countdown to the Brazil World Cup 2014:

  • if you are a soccer/football maniac, by all means come to Brazil and join the party. And what a party it will be!
  • if organized sport is not really your thing but you have a friend/relative who can provide you with accommodation in Brazil during the World Cup period, come and join the party!
  • if you shun away from organized sport or you are working on a tight budget, or both things at the same time, do give Brazil a miss in 2014 as everything indicates prices in Brazil are likely to do some serious damage to your finances.

And let me add a bottom line to all this. If the tourism sector doesn’t get their act together sooner rather than later, Brazil will become the travel destination to avoid during 2014.

July 9, 2013 | By More
354 days to the World Cup

354 days to the World Cup

Fernando de Noronha

It’s got the most beautiful beaches of the entire Brazil. It’s got a fascinating history too. Welcome to Fernando de Noronha.

June 23, 2013 | By More
countdown to the Brazil World Cup 2014

countdown to the Brazil World Cup 2014

Estádio Governador José Fragelli, Cuiabá

The Brazil World Cup 2014 kick-off in exactly one year’s time. To mark the event, the BRAZIL TRAVEL BLOG launches today its countdown to the Brazil World Cup 2014.

As a way of enticing people to visit the country, we will be publishing on our Facebook profile photographs taken in all the regions of Brazil along with an indication of the number of days left to the initial kick-off of the World Cup.

One daily photo to get your trip started now!

Should I stay or should I go?

I’ve been asked several times whether Brazil will be a desirable destination in 2014. In all honesty, it will all depend on whether soccer/football mania runs in your blood or not. To me the bottom line is:

  • if you are a soccer/football maniac, by all means come to Brazil and join the party. And what a party it will be!
  • if organized sport is not really your thing but you have a friend/relative who can provide you with accommodation in Brazil during the World Cup period, come and join the party!
  • if you shun away from organized sport or you are working on a tight budget, or both things at the same time, do give Brazil a miss in 2014 as everything indicates prices in Brazil are likely to do some serious damage to your finances.
June 12, 2013 | By More
the final draw for the World Cup Brazil 2014

the final draw for the World Cup Brazil 2014

Maracanã

The World Cup draw, defining the teams and groups taking place in the event, will take place on 6 December 2013 at the Costa do Sauípe resort, in the north coast of the state of Bahia, FIFA recently announced.

It will be a chance to inject oxygen into a resort that is being outperformed by competitors along the coast of Bahia. Bear in mind that contrary to what we have seen reported in several media outlets, Costa do Sauípe is not in the vicinity of Salvador de Bahía. It takes two hours to drive the distance of 110 km from the resort to the capital.

On that date, the national teams that make it to the Brazil World Cup will get to know their first rivals and also the cities where they will be based during the initial stage of the tournament.

March 22, 2013 | By More
Brazil World Cup 2014: get the correct match times

Brazil World Cup 2014: get the correct match times

estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo

FIFA has made the announced and we can tell you know the different times at which the Brazil World Cup matches will be played.

  • kick-off for the first round matches will have five different times: 1pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 9pm. In all cases, local time.
  • the rounds up to the quarter-finals will be played at 1pm and 5pm.
  • the semis will take place at 5pm (on 8 and 9 June).
  • the grand final will be played on Sunday 13 July from 4pm.

As Brazil has several times zones, you will have to turn to tools like the one we explained at what time is it in Brazil? to find out the corresponding local time wherever you live.

The draw for the World Cup will take place on 6 December 2013.

February 18, 2013 | By More