The city of Rio estimates that 75 new hotels with 19500 bedrooms will be in place when the Olympic Games begin in August 2016 – an increase of 60% in the total number in just six years. Most of the new hotel investments is concentrated in Barra da Tijuca and Recreio. The region will receive the release of some of the most luxurious hotels in the city, such as the Hilton and Grand Hyatt.
The estimate of the Ministry of Tourism is that between 250,000 and 350,000 foreigners will land in the city. The expectation is that, for the games, the hotel network will be 100% occupied.
Not only are the large chains benefiting from the boom in the city. But in Santa Teresa, the number of new inns and lodging houses are modifying the profile of the neighborhood.
“Nowadays any commerce here in Santa needs to speak English. Many people who live in big houses is turning the property to profit from it,” says a person who transformed the first floor of his home into a hostel.
Barra da Tijuca to become a center during the Olympics
To have the best offer on land, Barra da Tijuca concentrates most of the releases hotels. Of the 16 new thousand rooms will be created in the city by December, 11,500 were in the region, according to data provided by ABIH – Brazilian Association of the Hotel Industry. “The bar will turn a pole and needs to be treated as a new hotel destination in the city,” said the association’s president, Alfredo Lopes.
The Grand Hyatt, one of the 5 stars that will be launched in Barra this year, was the target of protests at the time its construction was approved, for being close to the Environmental Protection Area of the Reserva in Recreio dos Bandeirantes. However, according to a biologist, the site preservation can benefit from the enterprise.
“By the time an enterprise generates resources and benefits from the APA, they will also have to generate maintenance in order to recover and preserve vegetation. Even more a luxury hotel,” said the biologist.