Central & South America

Olympics Tourists Will See Different Sides of Rio Depending on Which Events They Attend

Olympics Tourists Will See Different Sides of Rio Depending on Which Events They Attend

Alexander McIntyre, Bloomberg

There are only so many Band-Aids you can put on a bad situation before they no longer stick. In Rio's case, it can probably manage to keep the bandages on for a few weeks for the sake of tourism but much larger problems loom for the long-term.

9 months ago

The Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Easily Visit

The Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Easily Visit

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Not all UNESCO World Heritage Sites are that easy to travel to, but these seven are fairly accessible and, because they're the newest additions to the list, they haven't yet been swamped with crowds full of tourists just yet.

9 months ago

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).

9 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.

9 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.

10 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.

10 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.

10 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.

10 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.

10 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.

10 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.

10 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.

10 months ago