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Visitors to Rio concerned by virus and crime

07/21/2016| 7:05:58 PM|

Around 100,000 tickets across all Olympic events will go on sale on Thursday. However, Zika virus and personal security might hinder people to visit the city.

Around 100,000 tickets across all Olympic events will go on sale on Thursday in what could be the last chance for fans to see their favourite sports at the Rio 2016 Games, according to organizers.

Previously unavailable swimming and tennis sessions will also be available, as will medal events in volleyball, basketball and football.

Fans will be able to make purchases from the Rio 2016 portal and approved ticket offices in Brazil.

It will be the last time that a large instalment of tickets is released onto the market.

Earlier this month Rio 2016 said 4.3 million tickets out of 6 million had already been sold for the Olympics.

It is hoped that this will also kick off a new trend of Chinese tourists heading to South America on vacation.

According to the Jinling Evening News, Caissa Touristic, the exclusive Chinese travel provider for the Rio Olympic Games, said that thousands of travel packages have been purchased and many Chinese are planing to travel to neighboring countries around the Games.

Tourism to Brazil and South America may boom in the long run, but the boost in individual travelers from China to Brazil may be limited this year.

More than 1,600 cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in Brazil. Although officials have stressed the risk of catching the virus in August remains low.

Personal security is another concern for most Chinese tourists.

Homicides were up 15 percent year-on-year in Rio state in the first four months of 2016, with mugging up by 24 percent, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Brazil's government waited until July 1 to award the contract to hire and train thousands of security staff for the Games to a tiny firm, raising concerns about keeping the event safe amid fears of terrorism, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

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