Unpaid Wages at Rio’s Municipal Theater Puts Season at Risk

Unpaid Wages at Rio’s Municipal Theater Puts Season at Risk

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As a result of unpaid wages, the artistic body of the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro suspended the rehearsals for their upcoming premieres. According to the Union of Workers in Public Institutions of Cultural Action of Rio de Janeiro State (SINTAC), there is no […]

The WineHouse in Botafogo Brings Brazilian Wine to Rio de Janeiro

The WineHouse in Botafogo Brings Brazilian Wine to Rio de Janeiro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Since 2014 the WineHouse in Rio de Janeiro has been focusing on Brazilian wines, and offering a sophisticated yet accessible nook on the bustling Botafogo restaurant scene. British expatriate Dominic Parry, and his Carioca wife Selene, opened the cozy wine bar without much experience in […]

Rio 2016 Olympic Megastore to Open in Copacabana June 30th

Rio 2016 Olympic Megastore to Open in Copacabana June 30th

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This Thursday, June 30th, the Rio 2016 Olympic Committee will unveil Brazil’s first Olympic megastore in Copacabana. With some 500,000 tourists expected to visit Rio de Janeiro for the start of the Games in little over a month, officials are preparing for an Olympic shopping […]

Rio’s Mayor Inaugurates Final Olympic Arena

Rio’s Mayor Inaugurates Final Olympic Arena

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With a little over a month to go before the most watched sports event in the world begins in Rio de Janeiro, an important milestone was reached on Sunday, June 26th as Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes unveiled the final sports arena in Olympic Park, the […]

Brazil’s Tourism Industry Divided on 2016 Outlook

Brazil’s Tourism Industry Divided on 2016 Outlook

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Writer RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week, the Getulio Vargas Foundation released its 12th Annual Survey of the Economic Tourism Situation (PACET) commissioned by Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism. According to the detailed 120-page report, despite a rocky 2015 for most of the tourism sector, of nine different segments, car rental, […]

Rio Institutes Holidays and Traffic Bans During 2016 Olympics

Rio Institutes Holidays and Traffic Bans During 2016 Olympics

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Writer RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the 2016 Olympics rapidly approaching, city officials announced on Wednesday, June 26th, a series of measures to be instituted during the Games such as traffic bans, road closures, exclusive Olympic traffic lanes, and three citywide holidays on August 5th, 18th, and 22nd. With 500,000 […]

Rio’s Mais Leitura Book Program Opens in São Gonçalo

Rio’s Mais Leitura Book Program Opens in São Gonçalo

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Residents of São Gonçalo, the neighborhood north of Niterói across the bay, will gain a new unit of the Mais Leitura (More Reading) book program on Tuesday (June 28th), thanks to the Imprensa Oficial (Official Press) of Rio de Janeiro. The government sponsored project offers […]

Domestic Airline Travel in Brazil Falls 8.2 Percent in 2016

Domestic Airline Travel in Brazil Falls 8.2 Percent in 2016

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Since the start of the year, Brazil’s aviation industry, particularly on the domestic front, has been feeling the effects of the country’s weak economy and political turmoil. On Tuesday, June 21st, the Brazilian Association of Airlines (ABEAR) released its latest figures for the year so […]

Rio Police Test Operations While Street Crime Remains

Rio Police Test Operations While Street Crime Remains

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Sunday (June 19th), the security institutions involved with the safety of the Rio 2016 Games held a mock operation aimed at preparations for the opening ceremony of the Olympics, on August 5th. Unfortunately, on the same day, an embarrassing street robbery of an Australian […]

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