end of the road for the 万搏体育注册Brazil T万博室内足球ravel Blog

September 8,2014 | By More

When in November 2001 I boarded the VASP flight (remember VASP?) taking me from São Paulo to Foz do Iguaçu,I could have never imagined I was inaugurating a glorious decade of non-stop travel throughout Brazil.

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It was only in March 2007 when I decided,following on the success of my Spanish-languageDe viaje a Brasil,to share my knowledge of Brazil with other travelers interested on the country.Reliable information was hard to find and I was being offered a fantastic chance of being useful to others.The万搏体育注册was born.


My trips throughout Brazil have brought tremendous rewards.On my very second trip,to the then unheard of ecotourism destination ofBonito,I met my wife-to-be Cecília,从那以后,旅行伙伴和我真正的灵魂伴侣。旅行和写博客也让我与那万博室内足球些最终会成为我朋友的优秀人士保持联系。我们的友谊一定会比博客。万博室内足球


Today,that joyful trip comes to an end.There will be no more 万搏体育注册Brazil T万博室内足球ravel Blog as from today (the current content of the site should remain online for a good while).The main reason for my decision is time.Or rather,the lack of it.


It might sound odd to call it a day at a time when exposure for Brazil is at an all-time high.But then,I would urge everyone to be cautious,the tourism flow associated with a major sporting event is,to a great extent,unrelated to "ordinary" tourism during the rest of the year.For Brazil to make justice to its tourist potential,many things need to change.And the sign on the wall is that,不幸的是,that is not about to happen.Tourism is still taken care of by technocrats who understand very little of the way travel has changed in the last decade.


People likeAlison McGowanand herHidden Pousadashave done more for foreign tourism in Brazil that the torrents of money spent on press trips and glamorous first-class travel for the politicians calling the shots.And very much like ourselves and the 万搏体育注册Brazil T万博室内足球ravel Blog,Alison is battling it alone.


有很多人已经工作了近十年,与计划去巴西旅游的外国游客保持着密切联系(Alison in,Ricardo Freirehas also made valuable contributions to the debate;Michael Sommersis,in our opinion,the best foreign pen writing on travel and Brazil).We have developed a unique awareness of the areas where Brazil could massively improve its tourism status among the world nations.But to date,our know-how has been largely ignored.Brazilian authorities state again and again their belief that the travel agent is the unique piece in the travel business of the XXI century.A real pity,as research has shown that the vast majority of those visiting Brazil are independent travellers.There is a very real sense that Brazil is failing to fulfill its potential (in spite of the short-term success associated with the large sporting events hosted by Brazil).


Anyway,I would not like to end the 万搏体育注册Brazil T万博室内足球ravel Blog on a sour note,it would not do justice to a 万博室内足球blogging experience that has been a true pleasure to conduct.



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Thank you,Brazil,for the Amazon at its purest inAlter do Chão and the river Tapajós,for the pristine beaches ofBoipeba,两个优秀的城市目的地,如manbetx万博棋牌BrasiliaandCuritiba,for that paradise calledFernando de Noronha,for the superbPantanaland for the uniqueLençóis Maranhenses.Thank you for having the chance to witness thebumba-meu-boionce in our lifetime.

And on a very personal note,thank you so much forBonitoandParaty.


Até mais!

As from now,our 万博室内足球blog,Twitter,Facebook和Google+帐户停止更新。However,we will continue curating stories about Brazil on our Flipboard's Travel Brazil magazine.Check it outhere!We are still 万博室内足球blogging about Brazil on our Spanish-languageDe viaje a Brasil.The core of the work we do know is focussed onSpainandBarcelona(check out ourBarcelona in 15 walks).

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