low season in Rio de Janeiro – a thing of the past

May 19, 2011 | By More

Copacabana y Leme

Two features in the press have focused on a recent Rio phenomenon: the high occupancy rates of its hotels (you can read the notes in Portuguese at Cheios o ano todo, hotéis do Rio não sabem mais o que é baixa temporada and Com indústria e Copa, turismo de negócios supera o de lazer).

Rio’s increasing popularity is keeping hotels full even in dates where movement was traditionally low. The association representing Rio hotels estimates the occupancy rate for 2011 could border on 80%. The interesting fact is that this is happening at a time where leisure tourism is losing its importance. It is estimated business travellers will account in 2011 for 65% of the hotel rooms.

This is bad news for those wanting to holiday in Rio. High occupancy rates and the stronger role played by business travellers means expensive rates all year round. Rio hotels are right now among the most expensive in the world. At budget accommodation in Rio de Janeiro we tried to help you find affordable accommodation in the city. But always bear in mind that “cheap” in Rio is likely to be “expensive” by your travelling standards.

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