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 Redeemer. 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.
Rio de Janeiro/Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG)
Popularly known by its original name, the Galeão International Airport is located 20 miles from Copacabana Beach. Depending on traffic conditions, the drive time from the airport to the Copacabana Palace Hotel and the J.W. Marriott is about 40 to 45 minutes. Because of all the new construction in preparation for the World Cup and Olympic Games, Rio is experiencing heavy traffic congestion, so some airport transfers can take up to 60 minutes.
Dress code for the event is business attire, with no formal dress for meals. Weather in May typically ranges from daily high temperatures of 24°C (76°F) to daily low temperatures of 18°C (66°F). Because of its location on the Tropic of Cancer, Rio is very tropical and has pleasant weather year round. In May, you can expect mostly sunny days and clear skies, a perfect combination for our meeting and for enjoying the beach or exploring the nearby mountains and bays.
A signed passport, valid for at least 6 months past the date of entry is required. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) for the visa stamp (if needed) and for entry and exit stamps. All travelers must be in possession of onward or return tickets and sufficient funds to cover their stay. Travelers should retain the entry documents provided by the customs authority, which you may need to present upon departure.
Foreign citizens traveling to Brazil as tourists or as participants in conferences or seminars must have a valid “Tourist Visa,” depending on your nationality.
Some countries (examples include Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, and the United Kingdom) are EXEMPT from visas, while other countries (examples include Australia, China, India, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the United States) REQUIRE visas. For a complete list of countries that require a tourist visa, google the Consulate General of Brazil for your country/location.
Brazilian visas can be obtained only from a Brazilian embassy or consulate and must be obtained in advance; no “visas upon arrival” will be issued. Entry into Brazil will be denied to anyone without a valid visa.
Please know that it can take up to 2 to 3 weeks to obtain a Brazilian Tourist Visa. The Brazilian Embassy imposes a “jurisdictional” visa processing requirement, meaning that the applicant may submit an application only to the jurisdiction in which they reside. The Embassy does allow for processing by private visa services. In addition, the Brazilian Embassy has a strict visa application submission procedure, which can vary between jurisdictions, so be sure to carefully follow all instructions provided by the Embassy in your location.
It is recommended that you discuss your travel plans with your doctor 4 to 6 weeks prior to your departure for Brazil to review appropriate medical precautions.
There is no expected tipping on top of the 10% service charge on restaurant and hotel bills. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped. Bellboys are tipped R$1 per bag.
As part of the Global Infrastructure Initiative program, the following tours will be offered. The staff of the Global Infrastructure Initiative will provide details to registered participants.
Participant Tours, May 28 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. These small private tours for participants will showcase a selection of Rio’s most impressive and challenging projects. All tours will depart from and return to the Copacabana Palace Hotel.
Participants choose from three options (descriptions below)
Tour 1: Porto Maravilha + Rio Operations Center
Tour 2: Line 4 Metro
Tour 3: Rio Operations Center + Maracanã Soccer Stadium
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.
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.
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 a small private tour of Rio de Janeiro. The tour will depart from and return to the Copacabana Palace Hotel.
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.