Articles tagged “brazil”

Startup Grabr Enables Travelers to Become Couriers for Pay

Startup Grabr Enables Travelers to Become Couriers for Pay

Christiana Sciaudone, Bloomberg

Grabr, a startup, lets globetrotters make spare cash by ferrying electronics, makeup, and other goods for others. The service is gaining traction in countries like Brazil. But is everyone paying the appropriate taxes and duties along the way?

1 month ago

Brazil Open Skies Deal Is Great But Incomplete Without a Visa Waiver Program

Brazil Open Skies Deal Is Great But Incomplete Without a Visa Waiver Program

Dan Peltier, Skift

Do travelers care more about cheaper airfares or not having to schlep to a consulate, pay for a visa, and wait weeks or months for it to arrive? Many travel brands would say visa waivers are more important, and many travelers would agree. The U.S. doesn't seem to be in the business lately of making it easier for travelers to visit, visa waiver program aside.

1 month ago

Norwegian Air’s Flights to Brazil Highlight Latin America Focus in 2018

Norwegian Air’s Flights to Brazil Highlight Latin America Focus in 2018

Carolina Millan and Jorgelina do Rosario, Bloomberg

Norwegian Air has an ambitious agenda in Latin America. In addition to the flights to Brazil, Norwegian is flying to Argentina, where it will have a robust domestic route network, as well, despite regulatory challenges.

2 months ago

Brazil’s Senate Approves New Open Skies Agreement With United States

Brazil’s Senate Approves New Open Skies Agreement With United States

Samy Adghirni, Bloomberg

Someday, this Brazil-United States Open Skies agreement may spur many new flights between the two countries. But Brazil's economy is still not thriving, so even when route restrictions are relaxed, airlines may not rush to add new capacity.

2 months ago

Tour Operators and Attractions Try to Thwart Animals as Selfie Props in the Amazon

Tour Operators and Attractions Try to Thwart Animals as Selfie Props in the Amazon

Peter Prengaman and Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

Kudos to Instagram, TripAdvisor, wildlife-protection groups and tour operators for attempting to clamp down on tourists who think nothing of abusing animals so the travelers can get a cheap selfie to share. It is an uphill battle, though.

4 months ago

Rio de Janeiro’s Neighborhood Tourism Is Taking a Hit From Rising Violence

Rio de Janeiro’s Neighborhood Tourism Is Taking a Hit From Rising Violence

Renata Brito, Associated Press

Slum tourism has always been a complicated subject: Are rich visitors exploiting or helping the local communities? In Rio de Janeiro, this moral question is becoming secondary to concerns about safety.

5 months ago

Brazil Ridesharing Battle Heats Up With New Restrictions Likely

Brazil Ridesharing Battle Heats Up With New Restrictions Likely

Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press

Tension is high in Brazil as legislation hamstringing ridesharing companies is under debate. Enhanced protections for drivers are necessary, but widespread restrictions could hurt the hundreds of thousands of drivers who make a living from Uber and Cabify.

6 months ago

Uber Faces Challenge to Business Model in Brazil

Uber Faces Challenge to Business Model in Brazil

Samy Adghimi and Mario Sergio Lima, Bloomberg

Brazil's Senate is set to make it harder for ridesharing services to operate, representing a considerable blow to Uber's global growth agenda. It's a hurdle that Uber and competitors now face in locales as disparate as the UK and now Brazil.

6 months ago

Kayak Acquires Assets of Struggling Brazilian Metasearch Company Mundi

Kayak Acquires Assets of Struggling Brazilian Metasearch Company Mundi

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Skyscanner had been sniffing around Brazil's homegrown metasearch leader Mundi and checking its books. Kayak appears to have swooped in to shore up market share.

9 months ago

Funding for Carnival in Brazil Under Pressure Due to Economic Crisis

Funding for Carnival in Brazil Under Pressure Due to Economic Crisis

Liliana Michelena, Associated Press

Tourism officials said Carnival in 2017 drew 1.1 million tourists and had an economic impact of $912 million. The quandary is whether Rio can afford to invest more funds into Carnival 2018 when the economic crisis is acute.

10 months ago

Brazil’s Business Travelers Haven’t Returned to Frequent Flying Yet

Brazil’s Business Travelers Haven’t Returned to Frequent Flying Yet

Esha Dey and Fabiola Moura, Bloomberg

Business travel spending dropped in Brazil in 2016, and continued uncertainty in the market is making a recovery difficult. Will companies get used to keeping employees off the road?

11 months ago

Brazil May Have the World’s Biggest Destination Marketing Potential

Brazil May Have the World’s Biggest Destination Marketing Potential

Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press

The highest gap between potential in tourism in the world and what's been realized so far is Brazil. Despite obstacles, better marketing and more private-public coordination could boost visitors.

11 months ago