Brazil, over the course of 2014 welcomed 6,429,852 international tourists, boosted primarily by the FIFA World Cup. This is the first time that the country exceeded the six million mark for foreign entries, with the number of visitors showing a 10.6% increase against 2013 figures.Neighbours, Argentina continues to be the top country for Brazil-bound tourists, with 1,743,930 Argentineans visiting in 2014, which was followed by the United States (656,801) and Chile (336,650).Sao Paulo remained the main port of entry for the country, with 2,219,917 visitors entering through the route. While, Rio de Janeiro was the gateway for 1,597,153 visitors, registering the highest increase in the entry of foreign visitors, with 389,353 more people than in 2013, a 32.2% increase for the period.The data released were a part of the 2015 Annual Report on Tourism Statistics from the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism. The figures revealed that 70.6% of international tourists arrived in Brazil by air and 27.3% travelled by road, with the remainder arriving by boat.“The numbers show that the World Cup was big business for tourism. Now the challenge is to guarantee conditions for the sector to keep growing,” commented the Minister of Tourism, Henrique Alves. “Mega events are excellent catalysts for increasing tourism flows for destinations, but in order to maintain consistent growth, we need to address structural issues and approach tourism with professionalism in Brazil,” he added.