Fewer Foreign Tourists in Rio for Carnival

By Lucy Jordan, Senior Contributing Reporter

BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL - Continued financial turmoil in Europe is likely to diminish numbers of foreign visitors to Rio during Carnival this year, experts predict, but increased domestic tourism will likely more than compensate for the shortfall in visitors. However the different tourist profile has some concerned that lower spending levels are likely during Rio's largest annual holiday.

“In past Carnivals there was an average of between 65 and 70 percent of foreign tourists recorded in hotels, and the rest were Brazilians,” Alfredo Lopes, the President of Brazilian Association of Rio’s Hotel Industry . . .

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