Brazil Bracing For Increase In Tourists During XXXI Summer Games
Rio de Janeiro is going to be a busier place than normal this August because of the XXXI Summer Olympic Games.
How much busier? The Rio de Janeiro Convention & Visitor’s Bureau has released figures showing the amount of increased international flights and hotel occupancy during the Olympics. The Games take place Aug. 5-21.
According to the numbers released by the Rio de Janeiro CBV, there will be an increase of 289% in international flights to Rio between July 25-Aug. 21 compared with the same period in 2015. There are 45,400 scheduled trips to Rio Janeiro during this time.
And for the Paralympics, which is Aug. 31-Sept. 18, the increase is 50% compared to last year.
Not surprisingly, if you plan to arrive the day before the Games, you won’t be alone. The busiest date for arrivals is to be Aug. 4th, on the eve of the opening ceremony.
The study, which was released in partnership with ForwardKeys, also shows Japan and the United States will be the countries with the highest number of visitors during the Games.
“Great events are unique opportunities for Brazil to raise its level of competitiveness among the international tourism market.” said Gilson Lira, the interim president of the Brazilian Tourism Board (Embratur).
“This study is important for us to plan for and define early actions that can positively impact the Brazilian tourism sector, one of the largest generators of employment and income in the country.”
The survey also looked at hotel occupancy, which is expected to be up 208% during the Olympics. The study also shows that 63% of international visitors with confirmed date of arrival will be staying, on average, 14 days in Rio.
The Olympic Games are one of the world’s top social events, so if you’re planning on going, you had better book now because flights and rooms are going fast in the host city.