Olympics buzz sees flight sales soar with bookings to Brazil up 73%

Business travellers could find it more difficult to book cheap flights 

If you’re struggling to get a cheap flight to Brazil that could be because tickets are being snapped up left, right and centre.
According to online travel agent CheapOair, Olympic fever has gripped the nation over the last few weeks and has resulted in a 73% increase in flight sales this year compared to 2015.
It says there’s no doubt that the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics is responsible for the rocketing appetite for Brazil’s rich culture and spectacular natural wonders, with nearly half (48%) of this year’s holidaymakers heading there in July and August, compared to just 17 per cent during the same period last year.
With the Paralympics due to begin in Rio on 7 September, the travel agent says this means flight bookings to Brazil with CheapOair from July to September are up 98 per cent year on year.
While the 19-day sporting event has put a spotlight on Rio de Janeiro, it seems that cosmopolitan Sao Paulo – one of the host cities for the Games’ football tournament – is also benefitting from the halo effect.
CheapOair says bookings to South America’s largest city have already more than doubled versus last year (221% year on year).
Managing director Peter Grover said: “Whilst the 2014 World Cup put Brazil on the map for many travellers, the first Olympic Games to be held in South America has really helped cement the country’s position as one of the world’s must-see holiday destinations.
“With Rio’s airport nearly doubling its capacity in the run up to the games and fantastic new transport facilities and hotels in place across the city, it’s clear why this summer of sports is already inspiring holidaymakers to discover the country.
“And, with so much to offer beyond its famous beaches and exotic carnivals, we look forward to helping even more Brits venture deeper into Brazil to see what this captivating destination has to offer over the years to come.”
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