At 365 days for the 2016 Olympics, this hostel in a favela in Rio is already getting ready for it. With a 19 year old owner, Oberdan is the lucky owner of Rocinha Guesthouse hostel, which will net him around R$ 700 per day on lodging, with breakfast and internet included, in addition to revenues from meals, offered as optional: lunch and dinner shall go for R$ 12 each. He’s just one of the thousands of locals who will open their homes and offer 20,000 alternative hostel rooms in Rio during the Games.
– The Brazilians do not like the slum, but the gringos have an open mind. They want to know what they have only seen in movies – says Oberdan.
The hostel began operating on a trial basis in the 2012 carnival, in the house where the young man lives with his mother, Dona Neusa, 57. Earlier, it was only a room with three bunk beds. For the World Cup, the business expanded: Oberdan’s room was been renovated to welcome tourists, and he went to sleep in the living room.
For the Olympics, the jump will be even greater, the hostel, which is again under construction, will take all of the property – are three bedrooms, living room, kitchen and a terrace with barbecue. Oberdan and the owner Neusa, which are paying for the remodelling, will rent another house to live.
In addition to managing the space, Oberdan isa tour guide. For R$ 65, he leads the gringos through walks arund the arrow streets and viewpoints of Rocinha. The boy makes a technical course tourism and joins is saving to pay for a college in the area.
By the accounts of the International Olympic Committee, Rio is expected to attract 480,000 tourists. The projection generated a boom in the hotel industry. Since 2009, the carioca capital increased availability in 16,000 new rooms, according to the Brazilian Hotel Industry Association (ABIH). In addition, the 2016 Olympics has partnered with Airbnb Committee, a rental apartment platform. The company estimates that the rooms already available on the site represent an offer of 80,000 beds.
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