Hospitality in Rio

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  • Posted on February 26, 2013


    Rio de Janeiro is going through major expansion in its hotel sector, driven by events that will happen in the city from this year until 2016. In 2010, a package of incentives was offered by the City Hall, which has enhanced the arrival of new ventures. 

    • Rio de Janeiro currently has 32.425 rooms for accommodation, including hotels, motels, hostels, and apart-hotels.
    • The growth prospects of the hotel industry until 2015 are of 47% – more 15.387 rooms (70 new hotel projects) – counting with buildings in construction, ones with licenses or in analysis by the municipal planning department.
    • The expansion has a planned investment of U$1.5billion, generating an estimate of 11,000 direct jobs and 34,000 indirect jobs. 
    • The highest bidder will most probably be the area for food and beverages (4.2 thousand new jobs), housekeepers (3,900 jobs) and administrative professionals (1,400 jobs). There will also be opportunities for the marketing and sales industries, telephony, maintenance and operations. 
    • The hotel chains Accor, Eurostar, Ramada, Marriott, BHG, Windsor, Hyatt, Hilton and Emiliano are within the groups that have confirmed investment in new ventures.

    Motels converted into hotels

    • A package of incentives was approved this year for owners of motels who are interested in converting them into hotels. 
    • The city has a total of 6.500 motel rooms. Until 2015, 3.500 should be converted into hotel rooms.
    • The incentives for the conversion include reduction of ISS, remittance of property tax (IPTU) until 2010, exemption of IPTU during construction and reduction of property tax to encourage owners to explore the hotel business.
    • The rooms can be converted up until two years after the Olympic Games.