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Carnival Boosts Brazil Tourism

March 17, 2009Article by Ray Withers

A big boost in tourism for 2009 has boosted Brazilian property investors with interests in resort property.

Part of the bonanza is down to Carnival, the annual extravaganza that has attracted more than 2.5 million visitors to Rio de Janeiro – 50,000 up on last year. Despite the global economic downturn, that has hit Brazil to some extent, most of the economy is still growing but at a slower rate than forecast.

Tourism is an important pillar of the Brazilian economy earning the country about $16 billion each year.

The government has spent a huge amount on tourist infrastructure, including a massive new airport in northeast Brazil in a bid to become the new Florida. With miles of magnificent palm-fringed, unspoilt white sand beaches and with a cost of living only a fraction of that in the US, resort investment is attracting investors to Brazilian real estate.

International property consultants Property Frontiers offer examples of the available property:

Natal Ocean Club, Natal, Brazil
  • Chic villas and condos with exquisite décor with cliff-top views
  • Set in 20 acres of tropical gardens, over 300 metres of private beach
  • Yields of 15% with current operator room rates
  • Designed by internationally acclaimed Brazilian architect David Bastos
  • Private club membership with luxurious amenities
  • Prices range from £138,000 for a one-bed spa residence to £788,000 for a luxury four bed villa with infinity pool
  • Within a few minutes drive of the proposed David Beckham sports academy
  • Natal is under consideration as a World Cup venue for 2014

Dubbed the “City of Sun”, Natal enjoys 360 days sunshine a year and an average temperature of 28°C.

Natal is also acclaimed one of the safest cities in Brazil and is one of the closest to Europe and North America, with direct flights from London.

In November 2007 a bridge over the estuary was opened which halved travel times between Natal city and the beach resorts north of the city to 25 minutes. $1.1 billion has been spent on infrastructure across North East Brazil and the world’s fourth largest airport is due to be constructed in Natal and designed to bring in five million travellers per year.

Natal Ocean Club is set in a prime beachfront location north of Natal city and only 10 minutes drive from Maracajau – the site of some of the world’s best diving. The resort is also only a few minutes drive away from the planned David Beckham sport academy and other major sporting centres. With the money pouring in to the county, it’s no wonder that Brazil property is attracting attention of international investors.


Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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