According to the government official responsible for Brazil’s planning for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games there will not be a shortage of hotels in Rio for either event.
Aldo Rebelo, the country’s Sports Minister, has confirmed large investments are being made within the Rio hotels sector over the course of the next couple of years to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of visitors that will arrive during these times. In fact, he even went as far as to say the main concern was to avoid a surplus of empty rooms.
‘The private sector’s biggest fear is not the lack of rooms’ said Rebelo.
‘Instead, the concern is that the increased supply may cause an imbalance in the market. The supply may be much greater than the expected demand’.
As part of this significant investment in Brazil’s hotel industry, the French group Accor will be ploughing in $US2.5 billion into new hotels over the next 3 years. In addition generous incentives have been introduced in an attempt to spark increased private investment in new hotels.
‘The estimated investments will be important in the expansion of the hotel infrastructure’ said Rebelo.
‘Both for the regular hotel network and the alternatives that will be used as accommodation, which is a resource used by all cities receiving events of this scale’.