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The Rio de Janeiro bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games has guaranteed that it will provide quality accommodation for the Olympic and Paralympic Families and media across both events. Since the submission of the Candidature File – including a guarantee of 40,000 rooms as required by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – the number of hotels committed to the project does not stop growing. Since February 2009, 52 new hotels have confirmed their support for the bid, adding a further 4,577 available rooms in Rio de Janeiro and the cities which will host football matches (São Paulo, Salvador, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia) for guests of the Games.
In its Candidature File, Rio 2016 exceeded IOC requirements and the ongoing expressions of support since this submission have been very encouraging for the Bid Committee. “Accommodation is a very important feature of an Olympic bid. We had the task of finding solutions, with a focus on public stakeholders and the post-Games legacy. The Rio 2016 project met all IOC requirements, but the commitment of the hotel network is reinforced by each new contract signed,” said Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Committee.
The Rio 2016 accommodation project is also connected to the project of revitalizing the Port of Rio, officially launched by local authorities on June 23rd 2009. A village with 1,840 rooms will be built in the area while the port itself will welcome cruise ships that will also be used for Games accommodation.