Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 10th 2014 Contents World Cup visitors, welcome to Brazil, land of
soccer, sun and sky-high prices.
Unlike nearby Latin American nations where a
tourist s US dollar or European Union euro seemingly
stretches forever, Brazil is astoundingly expensive.
If one s budget isn t immediately busted by the
flight or the hotel, it will soon be done in by the
US$10 caipirinha cocktail, the US$17 cheeseburger
or the US$35 pepperoni pizza. And those are the
prices city-dwelling Brazilians saw even before the
World Cup set
off a new stan-
dard of sticker
"Prices in Rio
Maria Anda, a
artist who has
lived in Brazil for a year, said while enjoying the
sunset on Ipanema beach. "I still like it. It s worth
being here, but it s not paradise."
The dizzying prices are referred to here as the
"Custo Brasil," or "Brazil Cost"---the mixture of high
taxes and steep import tariffs, combined with bad
infrastructure, a dose of inefficiency and a thick shot
Demand leading up to a big event like the World
Cup naturally raises prices. But, since costs already
were high to begin with, tourists should prepare to
dig deep into their wallets and not be too miffed to
receive goods or services of inferior quality, said
Rafael Alcadipani, a business administration professor
at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil s top think
"Anything you buy in Brazil will be more expensive
than in the United States or Europe, but the quality
is going to be worse," Alcadipani said.
Hotel rates in many of the World Cup host cities
more than doubled ahead of the tournament. Mas-
sachusetts-based TripAdvisor reports visitors to Rio
will face the highest prices, with hotel rates averaging
US$445 per night. Add in food, a ticket and other
expenses, and solo travelers to Rio should prepare to
spend US$682 each day.
Next costliest are Fortaleza and Manaus, where
average daily expenses are estimated at US$602 and
US$554, respectively. Even the more affordable host
cities will set travelers back a good amount: US$457
per day in Cuiaba and US$477 in Sao Paulo.
"The Cup prices are ridiculous. Everything shot
up. The only thing you can buy in Brazil is a bikini,
a cachaca (Brazilian sugar cane liquor) and a pair of
Havaianas (sandals)," said Gillian Santos, a Brazilian
who now lives in Belgium and was back in Rio on
a recent visit. "How do people afford things around
here? As a Brazilian living abroad, I think it s out-
Experts say prices are kept high because supply
can t keep up with demand. About 40 million Brazil-
ians --- a fifth of the population --- joined the middle
class in the past decade, on the back of strong eco-
nomic growth and increased government social pro-
grams. Between 2009 and 2012, average annual
income rose by more than 40 per cent, from US$8,140
to US$11,630, according to the World Bank. For many,
the new affluence sparked a spending spree.
Brazil tries to protect its local industries by charging
high tariffs on virtually all imported goods. For travelers
who lose or forget an item, they might decide to do
without rather than pay local prices.
Take iPhones: The unblocked 5s that costs US$649
in the US has a starting price of US$1,250 on Apple s
Brazilian website. Need a pair of running shoes? A
pair of the popular Nike Flyknit Lunar 2 runs about
US$313 at a Rio shopping mall - nearly triple the US
The examples go on. Levi 501 jeans start at US$80.
The US$6.28 Big Mac is among the most expensive
in the world. Shaving cream, soap, tissues, aspirin
--- all are double to triple the prices found elsewhere.
"Everything is expensive," said Nadir Fraguas, a
retired bank employee who was at a Rio mall pon-
dering whether to spend the equivalent of more than
US$100 on a Brazil national team jersey for her grand-
son. "Clothing, cars and food... Here, you pay a lot
and you get very little. Prices were already high, but
now they re impossible." (AP)
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Wards 5 & 6 at the Sangre Grande Hospital
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2. Tender documents can be perused at the Central Purchasing Unit, De Freitas Building, Eastern Main Road, Sangre
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Kindly package your tender to fit the slot size.
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11. Failure to comply with any of these instructions may result in the tender not being considered.
Chairman of the Tenders Committee
Eastern Regional Health Authority
World Cup tourists, get
ready for price shock
Foreigners shop for handcrafts during a tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP PHOTO
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