Rio de Janeiro

Capital of the country for nearly 200 years, Rio de Janeiro is still one of the main sources of national culture as well as an important center for commerce and services, with a modern and diversified industry. Furthermore, the city is ranked among the top destinations in the world to host cultural, commercial, technical and scientific events. About 2 million foreign tourists visit the city annually. In 2005, the famous New Years Eve on Copacabana Beach attracted 580.000 tourists. According to EMBRATUR (the Brazilian Institute of Tourism), Brazil received 4.7 million international visitors in 2004, a 15.49% growth, if compared to the previous year. Statistics also show that 97% of the foreign tourists who visit Brazil intend to come back soon. Rio is the most visited city in the country.