Central & South America

Tourists to Brazil Olympics Should Bring Translation Apps

Tourists to Brazil Olympics Should Bring Translation Apps

Peter Prengaman and Stan Lehman, Associated Press

Brazil has enough Olympics issues to deal with beyond worrying about how tourists will communicate with business owners. In the grand scheme of the global event, the language barrier is muito pequeno (very small).

8 months ago

Food Tourism Could Bring $7.5 Billion to Peru in 2016

Food Tourism Could Bring $7.5 Billion to Peru in 2016

Chris Rovzar, Bloomberg

Machu Picchu is magnificent but tons of tourists are going to Peru to eat.

8 months ago

Following the Attack in France, Brazil Ramps Up Security for the Rio Olympics

Following the Attack in France, Brazil Ramps Up Security for the Rio Olympics

David Biller, Bloomberg

Brazil my have some serious financial challenges right now, but one thing countries tend to put first is security.

8 months ago

Overwater Bungalows Are Coming to Mexico and the Caribbean

Overwater Bungalows Are Coming to Mexico and the Caribbean

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

For that quintessential South Pacific experience of staying in an overwater bungalow, travelers need only head to the Caribbean now.

8 months ago

The Best Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers in 2016

The Best Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers in 2016

Elin McCoy, Bloomberg

Cheers to this oenophile travel wish list.

8 months ago

Olympic Committee Promises Rio Is ‘Ready to Welcome the World’

Olympic Committee Promises Rio Is ‘Ready to Welcome the World’

Stephen Wade, Associated Press

Host cities tend to pull it together at the last minute, so that may happen here, too. But a lot has to go right for Rio to make the Olympics a success.

9 months ago

The Rio Olympic Games Are Already $1.6 Billion Over Budget

The Rio Olympic Games Are Already $1.6 Billion Over Budget

Blake Schmidt, Bloomberg

For some reason we don't think Brazilians will cheer the news that the Olympic Games in Rio are shaping up to be cheaper than summer games in other destinations, especially with this study pointing to overruns of more than $1 billion.

9 months ago

Machu Picchu Tourist Falls to His Death While Posing for a Photo

Machu Picchu Tourist Falls to His Death While Posing for a Photo

Associated Press

Between selfies and precarious posing, the camera may well be the biggest threat to the modern tourist.

9 months ago

Brazil Says It’s Ready for Olympics Despite Zika and Body Parts on Beaches

Brazil Says It’s Ready for Olympics Despite Zika and Body Parts on Beaches

Bloomberg

Brazil longs for the glory days when people were worried it couldn't pull off the World Cup because a few stadium seats were wobbly. Oh, the glory days of event tourism.

9 months ago

Even as Tourism Numbers Drop, Rio’s Olympic Organizers Remain Optimistic

Even as Tourism Numbers Drop, Rio’s Olympic Organizers Remain Optimistic

Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg

We want to believe that, like the World Cup, Rio's Olympics will be a success. But it's really hard to keep on believing they will be given these numbers, and the recent resignation of the country's tourism minister, following accusations he accepted improper campaign gifts.

9 months ago

Rio Gets a Financial Lifeline Just Weeks Before Olympics Begin

Rio Gets a Financial Lifeline Just Weeks Before Olympics Begin

Randall Woods, Bloomberg

At this stage it looks as if Rio 2016 will be the "Heaven's Gate" of sporting events: long, drawn-out, and a financial disaster. It's yet another compelling argument that big events don't always mean smart tourism.

9 months ago

Brazil Loses Tourism Minister in Graft Scandal Only Weeks Before Olympics

Brazil Loses Tourism Minister in Graft Scandal Only Weeks Before Olympics

Anna Edgerton and Raymond Colitt, Bloomberg

Remember when we all thought the Brazil World Cup was going to be a disaster and it wasn't. Although we wish we could say we'll be wrong about the Olympics in the same way, Brazilian officials are making it really hard to be optimistic.

9 months ago