We’re less than a year ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and the AP says that for travelers to the world soccer showcase, getting tickets to the games may be the easiest part of their experience.
With the Confederations Cup now well under way, the report claims that two out of three visitors to the tropical northeastern city of Recife, for example, will not be able to find accommodation this week or next. Instead, spectators are being asked to travel as far as 75 miles away to spend the night, which is the New York City equivalent to staying in Philadelphia to take in a Knicks game.
And that’s not the only problem: language is also a real issue throughout the country. Many FIFA-certified hotels will not have staff that speaks English very well. As bed-and-breakfast owner Gunde Schneider says, "If you can afford English lessons, you're not going to work the front desk of a hotel," he said. "More likely, you're the owner of the hotel."
Even getting to Recife could be a problem, due to Brazil’s poor transportation infrastructure. Harmful regulations -- particularly in the airline industry -- high prices and bad traffic make getting around the huge country extremely difficult. In fact, according to the report, Brazil ranks among the World Economic Forum’s worst 25 countries (out of 140) in those categories, ranking behind the likes of Kazakhstan and Gambia.