Brazil: Organizers of Beijing Olympics may help Brazil to prepare 2014 soccer World Cup

13 February 2008

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 13 Feb – Brazil plans to learn from the Chinese organization of the Olympic Games in order to prepare for the 2014 soccer World Cup, the Brazilian tourism minister, Marta Suplicy told macauhub.

“A Brazilian delegation from the Tourism Ministry is to visit China at the end of March to “assess” the organization of Beijing 2008, mainly with the aim of learning from China’s experience, especially in terms of publicizing the Games,” Suplicy said during the Lunar New Year celebrations by the Chinese community in Sao Paulo Sunday.

“I was very honoured when the Chinese ambassador to Brazil, Chen Duqing invited us to go to China. We have a lot to learn from China, with all the facilities built for the 2008 Olympics and the enormous Shanghai 2009 Exposition,” the minister said noting that Brazil would host the soccer World Cup in 2014.

On its visit to China, the Brazilian delegation, headed by Suplicy, will also look at opening a promotional office in China.

The minister said that Brazil and Argentina were looking at opening a joint office in China to promote tourism to both countries.

Suplicy told macauhub that the plan to open an office had started with the Argentinean government, with which Brazil already has a joint office in Japan.

The number of Chinese tourists visiting Brazil more than doubled between 2005 and 2006: from 18,000 to 37,000, according to figures from the Brazilian government.

“In tourism we have seen progress in the China-Brazil relationship, although we can grow much, much more,” she said.

In 2005 China granted Brazil the status of approved tourist destination, which allows Chinese citizens to travel in a group without needing an exit visa from Beijing. (macauhub)