The latest news from Rio is that Brazilian tourist Agencies are meeting American tourists at the gates of the Rio airport with t-shirts, flowers, and other presents. This is an attempt to soften the impact of the new fingerprinting policy which applies only to Americans entering the country.
The Boston Globe reports that while Americans at the gates are impressed with the gifts, tourism is still suffering. According to a Brazilian travel official, “Travel agencies that are part of our organization have already registered three cancellations of large tour groups — one for 240 people, another for 350, and another for 400.”