Published on : Monday, September 4, 2017
Riotur statistics state that over 1.1 million tourists had travelled to the Rio Carnival last year, contributing about R$3 billion to the regional economy of this region. Furthermore, more than 94% of foreign travellers had surveyed the event and feel that they would be returning to Rio.
And, about 91.9% claimed that they would gladly recommend the event to their friends.
However, following the recently released data from the Brazilian Hotel Industry Association (ABIH) and the Brazilian Travel Agents Association (ABAV), the demand for travel packages and hotels for the largest events of Rio, namely the Carnival and New Year’s Eve have started witnessing steep slump as compared to the same period in 2016.
According to a survey conducted by ABIH, the hotel reservations for both the events are presently down 50% when compared to last year.
For ABAV, the number of packages booked for New Year’s Eve and Carnival 2018, only a third of people of what had visited last year would be arriving.
Rio bookings, for ABIH and ABAV, are down by 56% as compared to last year. Industry professionals have associated the sharp reduction to a number of factors including the economic crisis and security concerns as well as the doubling of the available hotel rooms ahead of the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympics.