Tourism Policies in Rio de Janeiro for the 2014 and 2016 Games

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IMPORTANCE OF TOURISM

This topic brings to light the importance of tourism for the entire Brazilian GDP, along with its employment potential and the massive foreign income for the South American country given the World Cup and the Olympic Games.

Thanks to its 6,000 miles of beaches and new governmental support programs, Brazil’s tourism sector did very well during the 2009 global economic crises, managing not to lose a point during the international recession. But the future is bound to become even brighter. The 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games with their strong investments in infrastructure are already causing a great deal of international interest in the country. R$11.5 billion will be the overall fund injection for
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That means not just new transportation to and from venues, but hiding unsightly poverty from those travelling to and from the games. That means a willingness to spend billions of dollars in the name of creating a playground for international tourism and multi-national sponsors.

Therefore, to succeed on the eyes of the world, Brazil must overcome two significant challenges. The first concerns the infrastructure for the sporting events: will everything get built on time regardless where it is? The second is the persistent presence of the militias and drug gangs controlling the favelas, these fearfully poor but resilient communities located all across town, from the very center to the far periphery.

So here is where the problems start. The planned Olympic Park should be located on the current site of a favela, known as Vila Autodromo and Rocinha. Doesn’t that make things even hard since it gathers both challenges in one? With the excuse of taking care only of the first challenge mentioned, many citizens of several Favelas, not only the former cited one, are being obligated to leave their houses. An estimated 1.5 million families living in favelas around Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are within construction zones of urban renovation projects for the two sporting events and around 170 million of those are suffering directly with it. Favela do Metrô is another. Government has commenced to construct a large parking area and other renovations designed to

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