With less than a year to go until the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janiero, the first summer games to be held in South America, it has been revealed that the Olympic torch route will take in the city of Natal in Rio Grande do Norte, in the north-east of the country. Having been firmly placed on the international stage due to its hosting of four matches as part of last year’s FIFA World Cup, Natal’s important role in the Olympic torch relay will further strengthen its reputation.
Luiz Fernandes, CEO of developers Ritz-G5, whose projects are focused in Natal, explains how this is impacting on the property market regionally.
“During the 2014 FIFA World Cup we certainly noticed a marked growth in the number of visitors to Natal, our home city. As one of the host cities for the matches, Natal was extremely busy with foreign and domestic tourists alike watching the games as well as enjoying all the attractions on offer.
“We are pleased with how encouraging the increase in foreign arrivals has been since then too, and this has resulted in a rise in the number of enquiries we have seen for Natal real estate. “We are excited about the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics and the Olympic flame coming to Natal. All eyes will again be on Natal and we hope to continue to build on this interest.
“Starting in May 2016 in Brasilia, this iconic spectacle will see the Olympic torch travel around 300 cities and towns across 26 Brazilian states, covering 12,430 miles by road and 10,000 miles by air throughout northern and mid-western reaches. Approximately 12,000 specially-selected torch bearers will have the honour of each carrying the torch for 300 metres, historic moments for both the individuals and the city they represent.”
A golden opportunity
The flame’s epic journey will culminate in its arrival at Rio de Janiero’s famous Maracana stadium on 5th August 2016, ready for the opening ceremony. The 2016 Olympic torch relay is expected to reach around 90% of Brazil’s population. Officials believe that the Summer Olympic Games is a golden opportunity not just for Rio de Janeiro but for the whole country to promote itself as a tourist destination, as Fernandes confirms.
In line with this, Brazil’s President Rouseff has warmly invited tourists who attended the 2014 FIFA World Cup to return to Rio for the 2016 Olympics. Host nation Brazil was visited by a record breaking 6.4 million foreign tourists, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism, with statistics showing that the number of foreign tourists grew by 10.6% in comparison to 2013.
Brazil’s government anticipates welcoming more than half a million foreign tourists throughout the duration of the 2016 Olympic Games and are currently working on initiatives to enable easier access, such as suspending the mandatory visa requirements.
As increasing numbers look to Brazil’s Natal for property, Ritz-G5’s Costa Azul is one such project witnessing a growth in interest. This contemporary 168-apartment development is situated in Petrópolis, one of the most exclusive and exciting districts in Natal, and is close to some of the country’s best beaches.
Costa Azul’s prime hilltop position complements its design, and residents can enjoy captivating beach and ocean views, as well as excellent commuter links. Two and three bedroom luxury apartments are all fitted with contemporary décor and stylish appliances. A bar, pool, gymnasium and spa provide Costa Azul residents with a luxurious retreat.
Prices start from £80,700.
For more information on Brazil’s tourism and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, contact Ritz-G5 by visiting www.ritz-g5.com