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In Brazil on May 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of a new high standing project for Henri Dunant street in Sao Paulo’s Brooklin area (Skyscrapercity).

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BRAZIL WEEKLY’S BRAZIL’S NEXT 10 HOTTEST BUSINESS CITIES

No doubt the biggest and most important business centres of Brazil are the megacities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and do not forget most other state capitals like Belo Horizonte, Salvador da Bahia, Recife, Fortaleza, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.  But Brazil is big and there are plenty of other fast developing cities, not being state capitals. So for a minute forget Sao Paulo, Rio and those other 2014 World Cup host cities and check out Brazil Weekly’s Brazil’s Next 10 Hottest Business Cities.

MEDIA

Max Payne used to be a cop in New York, but after his wife and infant daughter were killed, he set off on a murderous quest of vengeance. He ended up running down some of those responsible, but he never outran the guilt that plagued him for failing to protect those he loved most. Max drank away a few years in Hoboken ratholes. He took a lot of pills. And now, near the end of the line, he has ended up in Brazil’s biggest city, supposedly looking after the wealthy Branco clan: the industrialist, the trophy wife, the cokehead younger brother and the various members of their retinue (The New York Times).

Businessmen Roberto Medina and Eike Batista announced that they have become partners to expand Rock in Rio brand’s business by launching a new series of products, such as comic books and clothes, and taking the festival to North America and Asia. Medina said: “Batista represents a new moment in Brazil, the energy and transparency that we need, so I went after him.” Medina, the creator of Rock in Rio, also said Batista bought 50% of the company responsible for the festival (Folha).

FIFA WORLD CUP

Brazil’s sports minister is dismissing delays in stadium construction for the 2014 World Cup and says construction work in the northeastern city of Salvador will be completed in time for next year’s Confederations Cup (Washington Post).

AMAZON

As Brazil braces for president Dilma Rousseff’s forthcoming decision on whether to sign or veto recent legislation that would alter the country’s Forest Code, rights groups are decrying a surge in illegal land grabs that is wrecking environmental havoc and threatening vulnerable tribal populations (National Geographic).

MINAS GERAIS

BHG S.A. , Brazil Hospitality Group, will begin managing the Hotel Presidente, in Uberlândia, the largest city in the Minas Gerais triangle region on May 22, 2012. This is the Company’s first operation in the state of Minas Gerais (BHG).

RIO

Wary of price-gouging ahead of the World Cup and Olympics later this decade, Brazil’s government said on Wednesday it had convinced hoteliers in Rio de Janeiro to lower skyrocketing rates ahead of a major U.N. summit next month (Reuters).

Antiques may not be the first thing that come to mind when one thinks of shopping in Rio, but before tiny bathing suits, Carnival and football (soccer), the city was one of the world’s busiest ports. Wealthy and soon-to-be wealthy European traders settled in the area and brought their aesthetic with them, and this influence can be found in some of the wares they left behind, now sold in shops, stalls, and fairs throughout the city (The Rio Times).

The exhibition Mostra Carioca, at Rio’s Museum of  Modern Art (MAM), features works by some of the biggest names in contemporary Brazilian art.  Covering a variety of artistic techniques, and curated by Luiz Camillo Osorio, all the pieces are part of the museum’s own collection (Rio Official Guide).

More than 100 abandoned buildings in Rio de Janeiro are in such poor condition they are at risk of collapsing, the head of a regional engineering agency said after part of a two-story building crumbled in the Olympic city’s colonial downtown (Washington Post).

SAO PAULO

Brazil, with a population of 190 million and a major contributor to international economic growth, is bidding to host EXPO 2020 in order to strengthen and broaden its relations with all nations around the world. Sao Paulo is the world’s 9th most populated and the 10th wealthiest city. With its cosmopolitan dimension comprising more than 70 different ethnic and religious communities, the city views EXPO 2020 as an opportunity to consolidate its leading role in the internationalization of the Brazilian economy to become a continental crossroad for people and trade. Check out the website.

Centro Cultural de Sao Paulo celebrates its 30th anniversary of the opening of what is now one of the biggest and most important cultural venues in the city, which over the years has hosted countless cultural activities, from art and photography exhibitions, to film festivals, theatre, performing arts and live music (Time Out).

Sao Paulo is the most attractive city for investments in Latin America, followed by Santiago de Chile and Mexico City according to the latest results from a paper by Colombian and Chilean experts. The Sao Paulo leadership according to the ‘Atractividad Index for Urban Investments’ in 2012 was a joint work from the Colombian University of Rosario Centre for Competitive Strategies (Cepet) and the Business Intelligence Office IDN from Chile (Investe Sao Paulo).

SPLIT SECOND POLLS

SOUTH

Latest census indicates there are more foreigners living in Florianópolis than “Manezinhos”. The Greater Florianópolis Region (GFR), which includes the cities of São José, Palhoça, Governador Celso Ramos and Biguaçu, boasts a population of 421,240, according to the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute (IBGE); however, only 48.29% were actually born here (Floripa Times).

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