A water projection on the Thames - designed to be viewed from the South Bank - marked the handover of Olympic host city status from London to Rio de Janeiro.
Monday night's show started with an image of a globe coming out of the water and also featured scenes of beach volleyball, football, an art gallery, Brazilian cultural festivities and the Christ the Redeemer statue amongst other activities tourists can experience when visiting Brazil. It ended with the strapline: "Thank You London… See you in Brazil. Come celebrate life".
"Following the closing ceremony in London, the eyes of the world are now turned towards Brazil," said Marcelo Pedroso from EMBRATUR, the Brazilian tourist board.
"The large sporting events are unique opportunities to transform or reinforce the image of the country in many aspects, and we hope the broad exposure will attract new tourists and take Brazil to a new level of importance in global tourism as a whole."
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