Travelers flock to Rio as flights and hotels see price hikes
The number of tourists to South America in August is up 30% to 40% YoY, according to several Chinese travel agencies.
Olympic fever is pushing up the cost of travel to South America as a one-week travel package to South America increased to about RMB 60,000, compared to an average normal price range of RMB 30,000 to 40,000, China Business News reported today, citing a Chinese travel agency.
Round-trip airline tickets to Brazil from major cities in China grew to RMB 35,000 from RMB 25,000, due to the heavy traffic and lack of flights.
Statistics from Mafengwo, a Chinese social travel service, showed that some five-star hotels in the center of Rio have long been booked out, while prices at four-star hotels surged.
China's sports tourism is growing as the attention on this market expands. Olympic Games, the World Cup and NBA are among the top choices for Chinese tourists.
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