June 11, 2012- Brazil continues to increase its popularity for hosting important global events. The South American country moved up two places in the rating by the International Congress and Convention Association passing the likes of China and Japan. The ranking is for the number of global events each country hosts. Brazil is the only Latin American country to be in the top ten on the list.
In all, Brazil was the host of over 300 international events in 2011 a 10% increase over the previous year. Since 2003, events in Brazil of international proportion have increased by 390%, when Embratur became the exclusive promoter for the country abroad.
Rio de Janeiro was the city in Brazil that hosted the most events in 2011. Other cities included the country’s capital of Brasilia, Salvador, Florianopolis and Sao Paulo. Rio de Janeiro hosted 69 events making it 27th globally ahead of cities such as Oslo, Melbourne and Zurich.
The country will also be hosting two of the world’s most important sporting events in the near future. In 2014 Brazil will host the FIFA World Cup and in 2016 the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Nevertheless, the country is still trying to tackle problems with gangs and drugs in some of the larger metropolitan areas in the country. However, the government promises the safety of all visitors that come to the country.