Central & South America

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

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.

4 months ago

The Rio Olympic Games Are Already $1.6 Billion Over Budget

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.

4 months ago

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

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

4 months ago

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

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.

4 months ago

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

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.

4 months ago

Rio Gets a Financial Lifeline Just Weeks Before Olympics Begin

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.

4 months ago

Brazil Loses Tourism Minister in Graft Scandal Only Weeks Before Olympics

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.

4 months ago

With Two Months to Go, Rio Braces for an Olympics Fraught With Challenges

Brazil pulled off the World Cup in 2014 with few problems, but a repeat success is less certain this time around.

4 months ago

Moody’s Says That the Olympics Won’t Help Brazil’s Economy Much

Rare is the big event that makes money for the people who live in the destination where it takes place. To do so requires long-term thinking and tourism development rather than immediate gratification, which is a problem for many cities.

5 months ago

One of Brazil’s Best Athletes Is Telling Tourists to Skip the Olympics

It seems a bit extreme to try to scare everyone away, but this year's Olympic games so far are becoming the worst-case-scenario that 2014's World Cup was able to avoid.

6 months ago

No One in the Cruise Industry Is Losing Sleep Over Zika

Cruise passengers — who are, on average, 49 years old in North America — don't seem to be panicking over the mosquito-borne illness that appears to pose the biggest threat to pregnant women.

7 months ago

Celebrity Cruises Acquisition Shows Intense Demand for Galapagos Sailings

Two ships that can hold a total of 64 passengers will make up a tiny sliver of Celebrity's capacity in the carefully controlled Galapagos Islands, but the cruise line is eager to offer a wider variety of vacation options there.

8 months ago