Demand for holidays in Brazil soars

More Aussies are using their prepaid travel cards in Brazil, as the demand for holidays in the South American country has grown sharply in the past decade.

Figures released by Brazil's civil aviation authority showed that the demand for air travel in the nation increased by 194 per cent over a ten-year period, the Associated Press reports.

The demand for services to and from Brazil also rose by 16 per cent in 2011 alone when compared with the previous year.

Aussies may have less of their overseas travel money to spend once they reach destinations like Rio de Janeiro though, as the increased clamour for flights has seen prices go up sharply on many services.

The country is set to become even more popular among tourists in 2014 – when it holds the Fifa World Cup – and during the 2016 Olympic Games, which will be staged in Rio.

Recent data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that Aussies are becoming increasingly adventurous when choosing holiday destinations, with Brazil, Cambodia and China all proving popular in recent months, the Daily Telegraph reported.

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