Rio 2016 has opened a gift shop at Terminal 1 of Rio’s International Airport. Open from 6 am until 11 pm the shop sells various Olympic and Paralympic-related merchandise, such as clothes, hats, and beach towels as well as soft-toy versions of the Rio 2016 mascots, Vinicius and Tom.
The Rio Airport shop is the first of a series that will be open at airports: Rio’s Santos Dumont will have a shop soon, as will the airports in São Paulo. Apart from the airport’s new store, there are a number of sites around Rio where official products are already on sale, such as the Tijuca campus of the Estácio de Sá University and the city centre.
You can also access the Rio 2016 Brazilian online store, which has an exclusive range of toys. Prices vary from from caps costing R$49 (US$15) to 45cm soft toys at R$139,90 (US$45).
By 2016, an expected 12,000 products will be available, with the expectation that these items will generate around R$1billion in Brazilian retail sales.
Olympic merchandise will eventually be available at 150 official Rio 2016 stores and at more than 40,000 sales points across Brazil.
TAM Airlines, Brazil’s major international carrier, moved its operations on 27 May at London’s Heathrow Airport from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 where it joins a number of other oneWorld partners.
As a member of oneWorld, TAM’s passengers flying in business or with the right card, will be able to use the British Airways’ lounge in the terminal.
TAM currently offers a daily service between London and São Paulo with connecting onward services, including to Rio de Janeiro. British Airways offers daily direct services to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
Rio has a new Brazilian Folklore Show for visitors and tourists to enjoy. Called Ginga Tropical, the 90 minute show takes its audience on a musical and folkloric tour of Brazil.
The show takes place in traditional and historic Gafieira Estudantina, a dance hall situated in the middle of Praça Tiradentes in downtown Rio. The show starts at 21.30 and runs Thursday to Sunday.
Following the listing of the most interesting contemporary and modern art galleries in Rio de Janeiro, we have been asked if we had a similar list for São Paulo.
Ao we have asked our good friends at Ronya, one of Brazil’s leading experts in sourcing, acquiring, and maintaining art, to come up with some suggestions of the commercial art galleries in São Paulo where you can find some of the best and most interesting contemporary and modern Brazilian art and discover new emerging talents.
Ronya’s pick for São Paulo is:
Some interesting timelapse views of Rio de Janeiro from Joe Capra at Scientifantastic.
Capra shot the scenes to showcase the extreme resolution of the PhaseOne IQ180 camera on which it was shot. So try to view it in full screen.
This footage comes from a shoot Capra was doing for a major electronics manufacturer. An edited version from that shoot can be seen here…
To add a little something extra to the the section of Rio: The Guide that looks at the city’s museums and galleries, we have asked our good friends at Ronya, one of Brazil’s leading experts in sourcing, acquiring, and maintaining art, to come up with some suggestions of the commercial art galleries in Rio de Janeiro where you can find some of the best and most interesting contemporary and modern Brazilian art and discover new emerging talents.
Just click on the links below to go to the web sites of the respective galleries. And remember, commercial art galleries are a Brazilian way of life. You pass one, you enter, you appreciate. If you like something, and have the money, you buy it. If not, just look and enjoy.
Brazilian residents have applied for 5.2 million tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games during the first sales phase, which closed on 6 May. In a reflection of the local sporting culture, the most sought-after tickets were for volleyball, followed by football and basketball. In total, about 7.5 million tickets for the games will be put on sale.
For events that have more requests than available tickets, there will be a ticket ballot. The results of the draw will be announced in June, with a second sales phase starting in July. However, only Brazilian residents who entered the first phase will be able to participate in the second phase, with those who were unsuccessful first time around having priority in the second draw. The results of the second phase will be known in August. For Brazilian residents who did not enter the first two phases, there will be a first-come-first-served online sales phase in October.
Non-residents of Brazil who want to buy tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games should enter into contact with the authorised ticket reseller (ATR) for their territory, that are featured on the Olympic section of this site. Click Here
The Rio restaurant listings have now gone live on Rio: The Guide and can be found in the Eating Out section ,and are also listed by area and type.
There are an estimated 10,000 restaurants in Rio, so we have decided to give you a selection of the best and most interesting in the key areas of town.
We also list what the critics and general public consider to be the best in town.