Rio de Janeiro officials have announced that an additional 2,000 hotel rooms would be built should the city win the bid to host the 2016 Olympics.
The announcement comes just a fortnight prior to the vote to decide the games, and is seen as to directly address the International Olympic Committee’s key concern over Rio 2016 bid – the lack of hotel rooms.
The IOC said in a report earlier this month that Rio, which is trying to bring the games to South America for the first time, had an “insufficient” number of hotel rooms. It also said that plans to use four villages and six cruise ships would “require particular attention in both the planning and delivery phases.”
Rio’s revised accommodation plan now guarantees more than 48,000 rooms, surpassing the IOC requirement of at least 40,000 rooms. The city would meet that target with about 13,000 guaranteed hotel rooms, 25,000 rooms in newly built villages, 8,500 rooms on cruise ships and 1,700 rooms in “apartment hotels.”
Brazil’s Sport Minister Orlando Silva said last week the hotel rooms would not be an issue because Rio will already have to increase available accommodation for the 2014 World Cup, which will largely be based in the city.
Brazilians are promising to transform the region and captivate the world with a well-organized Olympics played out near the city’s famous beaches and landmarks.
Competing against Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo, the city gained IOC praise for having strong public support, financial guarantees from all levels of government and experience from successfully hosting the Olympic-style Pan American Games in 2007. Brazil also will host the 2014 World Cup.