Rio de Janeiro has always been a popular, exotic international destination for tourists. But amidst the natural beauty of the city and its surroundings, crime and infrastructure issues have, in the past, been issues for tourism.
Recently, the city has made some striking improvements that have seen a rise in confidence and in visitors to the city.
South of the equator, Rio’s summer months are January to March, and the city is expecting the number of visitors to rise by three million from last year’s figures. Hotels are also forecasting a 90% occupancy rate throughout the season.
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics being held in Rio, the city has been faced with the necessity of making certain improvements and investments, which has resulted in a strong economy, a greater police presence and big effort to create a larger middle-class.
This is all good news for tourists, who will now be able to experience this beautiful city in safer, more stable conditions.
Roads are being re-paved, stadiums are being re-furbishes and new metro stations are being built to transport visitors to famed locations like Ipanema Beach.
According to an MSNBC article, “Paris-style bike stations are popping up throughout the city that allow people to rent bikes online or via text message. And the most famous beaches are getting new public bathrooms and workout stations.”
For 2012 and beyond, Rio should definitely be a consideration for travelers worldwide.
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