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By William Jones, Mark Jacobs and Jay Forte, Contributing Reporters

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the lead-in to the holiday season in Rio de Janeiro, local businesses are preparing for an influx of travelers both national and international. In 2012, Rio saw more than 600,000 travelers for Christmas and New Year's, almost a third of which were international.

According to the figures released in a joint study by the Governo de Rio de Janeiro, the Secretaria de Estada de Turismo, TurisRio, and Observatorio de Turismo, the number of visitors increased twelve percent from 2011 to 2012. Those . . .

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