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Olympic boost predicted for Rio de Janeiro

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9 October 2009

Brazil's tourism industry is set to benefit significantly from staging the Olympics in 2016, it has been observed.

According to travelbite.co.uk, previous host countries have seen visitor numbers rise as a result of the Games.

The International Olympic Committee's decision to award the event to Rio de Janeiro means it will be held in South America for the first time, with the city ultimately being chosen over Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.

And luxury travellers could be prompted to visit Brazil as a result, with the portal noting: "There is no doubt the beautiful landscape and vibrant culture of Rio de Janeiro make it a spectacular host city and tourism destination."

Last month, a report by Companiesandmarkets.com predicted that 8.4 million visitors will head to Brazil in 2013.

It observed an increase from 4.7 million in 2001 to 6.8 million last year and suggested that the country's economy stands to emerge from the recession in a strong position.

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