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Demand for flights to Brazil expected to increase in run-up to 2016 Olympics

More people are expected to book flights to Brazil after the country won the 2016 Olympic bid

More people are expected to book flights to Brazil after the country won the 2016 Olympic bid.

Rio de Janeiro fought off competition from rival cities in the US, Spain and Japan to win the right to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

According to Journey Latin America, this could lead to increase in demand from tourists for Brazil’s beaches, waterfalls and jungles.

Company spokesperson Laura Rendell-Dunn said it is "such a big thing" to have the Olympics in South America, a continent where it has never been held before.

"[Rio] is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is incredible to have such an important event take place there surrounded by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean," she commented.

"It is great for tourism as anyone visiting the Games will like to spend the rest of their time in Brazil."

Figures from the Brazilian Tourist Board recently revealed that the number of Brits travelling to the country in 2008 rose by more than 2.3 percent compared with 2007.

This amounts to a total of 181,000 visitors, compared with the previous year’s total of 177,000.

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