All eyes will be on Brazil as it prepares to host the 2014 Football World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. With an unprecedented infrastructure transformation under-way, Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most spectacular and vibrant cities, offers an optimal location for our meeting.
Hotel Accommodations and Venue
The Copacabana Palace Hotel and Spa faces the world-famous Copacabana Beach, yet is only minutes away from the business center, and the Ipanema and Leblon districts of Rio de Janeiro. The hotel is located eight miles from the domestic airport, Santos Dumont, and 20 miles (about a 40-minute drive, depending on traffic conditions) from Rio’s international airport, Tom Jobim.
In addition to the Copacabana Palace, the Global Infrastructure Initiative has arranged for accommodations at the JW Marriott, one of the premier Copacabana Beach hotels in Rio de Janeiro. Rio’s magic can be enjoyed from the rooftop pool, which offers sweeping views of the city’s most well-known attractions: Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado, and Christ the Redeemed. The JW Marriott is about one-half mile from the Copacabana Palace, and is convenient to both the domestic airport, Santos Dumont, and the international airport, Tom Jobim.
Details regarding reservations in the room blocks will be sent to registered participants.
Information on airport and ground transportation, as well as passport requirements, will be provided closer to the event.
Participant Tour, May 29 11:30-15:00
As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 Football World Cup and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, an unprecedented infrastructure transformation is underway. This tour for participants will showcase a selection of Rio’s most impressive and challenging projects.
Porto Maravilha Operation Center
The Porto Maravilha Urban Operation is Brazil’s largest PPP, revitalizing 5 million square meters of Rio de Janeiro’s waterfront and surroundings over the coming 15 to 30 years. With a total infrastructure investment of approximately US $4 billion, the area will be integrated into the city center in an innovative operation of sustainable urban development, creating a multimodal mobility hub. Unique to the operation is the sustainable financing model, which removes the financial burden and risk from Rio’s taxpayers.
Line 4 Metro
Line 4 of the Rio de Janeiro Metro is one of the city’s most ambitious infrastructure projects, undertaken to connect the West Zone (Barra da Tijuca) with the South Zone (Ipanema). Construction started in June 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in 2016. Two consortia are responsible for the construction of Line 4, a project that comprises six new stations distributed over 16 kilometers of new underground tracks. Once opened, the line will carry more than 300,000 people a day and take 2,000 vehicles per hour off busy roads at peak times.
Rio Operations Center (COR)
COR is the world’s first integrated municipal system that processes and manages city data from governmental agencies and civil society, enabling more efficient responses to emergencies, public policy planning, and municipal governance. COR is an essential part of the long-term vision to make Rio a smart, resilient, and sustainable city. It gathers 30 city departments, public agencies, and utilities, optimizing communication and coordinating action through the 24/7 monitoring of activity more than 600 screens by 500 employees.
Maracanã Soccer Stadium
The Maracanã Stadium is one of Rio’s most evocative, historical, and famous attractions. Opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup, the world’s largest soccer stadium had a capacity of more than 100,000 people (199,854 people viewed the 1950 final). The Maracanã Stadium has been completely renovated—and its capacity reduced to 78,838—to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. The stadium is owned by the State Government of Rio de Janeiro.
Spouse Tour, May 29 10:00-15:00
The 2014 Global Infrastructure Initiative is pleased to offer a complimentary program for companions of registered executives who would like to experience the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Corcovado and Sugar Loaf
This classic tour will cover some of Rio’s most scenic attractions. The tour will begin with a visit to Rio’s most famous icon, the Christ of the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Mountain, which has panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. Participants will then enjoy a Brazilian lunch at Porcão Rio’s followed by a visit to the Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio’s quintessential postcard attraction.
Botanical Gardens and Shopping
Next, participants will visit the Botanical Gardens, founded by the King of Portugal in 1808, to introduce new plant species from the colonies in Asia and Africa. Today, the gardens feature more than 6,000 species of tropical plants, frequently visited by monkeys and exotic birds. After the visit, participants will enjoy lunch at a renowned Brazilian bistro, followed by a trip to the H Stern Jewelry Museum (and its flagship store), which showcases the largest selection of jewelry in Brazil. Afterward, those interested in fashion can visit several of Rio’s exclusive local boutiques, in Ipanema.