Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20 July – The Brazilian government plans to spend 6.2 billion reals (US$3.47 billion) on modernising the country’s ports and airports, with the organisation of the Football World Cup in mind in 2014 and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2018.
The ports – seven of them – will benefit from investments totalling 740 million reals, whilst improvements at 13 airports will cost 5.5 billion reals.
The amount earmarked for the ports will be applied in the modernisation of the port terminals of Salvador, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza, Manaus, Rio de Janeiro and Santos.
According to the Brazilian government, the ports will have an important role in tourism as they will make it possible for cruise ships to moor in the cities to serve as temporary hotels during the 2014 World Cup. (macauhub)