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Elliot Rosenberg, Founder Favela Experience, Rio de Janeiro

Listen to the Talk 2 Brazil Interview by Tom Reaoch with Elliot Rosenberg , Dec. 23, 2013.

Elliot Rosenberg founded and runs Favela Experience, an online marketplace of authentic homestay and apartment rentals for travelers in Rio de Janeiro's safe and vibrant favelas.

As a for-profit social enterprise, Favela Experience generates sustainable income for favela families while breaking negative stereotypes about these communities through cultural exchange.

Since launching at the beginning of this year, the business has earned outstanding guest reviews and has been profiled in ForbesLAN Airlines, and this video from The New York Times.

Favela Experience is now selling its affordable World Cup accommodations (as well as other products) exclusively through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign ending soon.

Previously, Elliot graduated with a Bachelor in Commerce and a second major in Latin American Studies from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. In college, he was President of SEED, a global social enterprise consultancy.

He also worked on behalf of impact investment fund Village Capital at its portfolio company QMágico in São José dos Campos, São Paulo state.

Although originally from Los Angeles, he now lives in Rio de Janeiro.

Listen to the Talk 2 Brazil interview by Tom Reaoch with Jürgen Keller, January 13, 2014 LLC is a US-based travel agency and incoming tour operator with offices in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and Lima. They offer 4* & 5* luxury South America tours to Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Colombia.

Jürgen Keller was born in Southwest Germany, and has studied in his home country, as well as Spain, Portugal and Brazil. He wrote his Master’s Thesis on “Strategies for Economic Development of South America as Promoted by the World Bank” at the World Bank library in Washington, D.C. During this time, Jürgen was also a tour guide in Europe.

While working as Export Manager for an international company, the itch to share his love of traveling inspired him to start the company in 1999.

Licensed and bonded in the US, the company has been sharing its love of South America travel since 1999, and is proud of its A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau. They are members of the ATSA, USTOA, SATA, and BTOA. The company stands by its commitment to offer valuable travel packages, trust-worthy sales practices, and real-world South America travel expertise.

Eliana Souza, Owner and Director of SPin Tours Sao Paulo, Brazil

Listen to the Talk 2 Brazil interview by Tom Reaoch with Eliana Souza, February 3, 2014 .

We will talk about Eliana´s upcoming presentation “Business Opportunities in Campinas, The World Cup will Come and Go, but Viracopos will remain!” to business owners and members of ACIC The Campinas Association of Commerce and Industry.

Eliana manages the Brazilian travel agency focused on the inbound market; Researching, analyzing and developing exclusive tourism itineraries for foreign visitors and top level executives as well as promoting Spin Tours in the Brazilian and global market.

SpinTours is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo and also Sponsor of the Talk 2 Brazil radio program.

Listen to Eliana talk on recommendations for what to see and do, when in Sao Paulo on business, also hotel capacity in Sao Paulo and chain hotels versus Boutique hotels.

Eliana Souza, Owner of SPin Tours, Responsible for  managing a Brazilian travel agency focused on incoming market; researching, analysing and developing exclusive tourism itineraries for foreign visitors or professionals based on especialized contents; promoting an incoming tourism company in the Brazilian and global market;

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MaluMalu Franca, Relationship Director and Celyta Jackson, Design Director   Sheraton Hotel ,  WTC Convention Center, Sao Paulo.




CelytaCelyta Jackson, International Tourism Marketing Executive, Global Markets, Strategic Alliances, Public Relations






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Respected executive with 15+ years of success delivering maximum brand awareness and visibility for tourism and hospitality organizations in mature, developing, and emerging global markets. Extensive experience guiding development and execution of high-profile marketing initiatives across all channels, including out-of-the-box creative outlets, based on key strategic objectives and solid research. Possess valuable understanding of global consumer influences and product/brand development techniques combined with highly influential leadership style and outstanding communication and collaboration talents. Expert presenter and negotiator forging new partnerships while leveraging broad range of existing contacts with major decision-makers across variety of industries, including media, gaming, construction, and sports. Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.Read Italian and French.

Jonathan Boisjolie, Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Division

Jonathan Boisjolie is the Senior Manager for International Tourism Business Development for the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Tourism Division.  The GDEcD Business Development team actively promotes the State’s tourism assets throughout the U.S., and in several international markets from the UK to Brazil, through a series activities including sales missions, familiarization tours, and trade shows to building relationships with tour operators, travel agents, travel industry professionals, airlines representatives, and media.


Brazil Business Tourism by Eliana Souza:

Personal assistance to Celebrities and C level executives and family,

Private city-tours in Brazil,

Highly reliable transport services,

Eliana Souza is always concerned with your well being and personal safety in Brazil.

Responsible for  managing a Brazilian travel agency focused on incoming market;
researching, analysing and developing exclusive tourism itineraries for foreign visitors or professionals based on especialized contents; promoting an incoming tourism company in the Brazilian and global market;

SPin Tours provides customized services on high class transport, guided multilingual city tours, business assistance and translations on events, conferences, and conventions.

Journalist and Licensed International Guide focused on providing customized services on guided multilingual city tours, assistance and translation on events or business meetings, executive transport (airport and local transfers), relocation services for newcomers.Tailor-made tours in Brazil, specializing in São Paulo city and surroundings.

Interested in offering exclusive tourism services generating unique experiences and promoting Brazil and São Paulo city as unbelievable and unexpected destinations.

Solid experience as office manager and executive assistant of large leading international companies assisting foreign and Brazilian top professionals. Expertise in implementing foreign and international businesses in São Paulo city - Brazil, from the start-up to the day-by-day operational routine.


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Located in the Barão Geraldo district, 10km from the downtown area of Campinas and 1.2km from the state university, Unicamp, the Matiz Barao Geraldo offers well-equipped and spacious rooms. It is conveniently located for guests near banks, restaurants, bars and other handy services.


The Barão Geraldo district encompasses areas for health, history, art, education, culture, leisure and even the largest remaining Atlantic rainforest in Campinas. Most of its residents are connected to the local universities. The district also offers daytime leisure activities, including a number of tree-covered parks near and within the Unicamp campus. There is no shortage of bars and restaurants for those who love nightlife.

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Tom Reaoch and fellow Amcham Campinas Sustainability Committee members visited the installations of Wet & Wild amusement park in Vinhedo,Brazil. The group toured the water treatment facilities and learned of the Wet & Wild water treatmet and water connservation efforts.

 SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has released its second GBTA BTI Outlook report on Brazil as part of its semiannual series. The report, sponsored by Visa, includes the GBTA BTI, an index of business travel spending which provides a way to distill market performance over a period of time...

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