Brazil is hoping renewed tourist interest will provide a boost to its economy in 2017 as it seeks to capitalise on the legacy of 2016's Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The country's ministry of tourism expects the flow of foreign tourists into Brazil to increase by around six percent over the coming year, based on growth registered by previous hosts of the game.
Last year, Brazil welcomed a record 6.6 million foreign tourists to its various coastal cities which played host to the games. This contributed $6.2 billion to the national economy, an increase of 6.2 percent on the previous year.
"England, the last country to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, grew by 0.92 percent from 2011 to 2012. In subsequent years, the average increase was 5 percent a year," Tourism Minister Marx Beltrao said in a press release ahead of this year's Rio Carnival. "The numbers are extremely positive ... they show that we can still make great progress."
This year, Brazil is expecting 1.1 million foreign tourists to visit the annual Rio Carnival, held from February 24 to 28. As the country heats up for the event, CNBC takes a look back at the highs and lows that have characterised the country's global position over recent decades and what the future might hold for South America's largest economy.