By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Already holding the title of the Southern Hemisphere's most popular tourist spot with around 2.8 million visitors each year, the appeal of Rio de Janeiro for holidaymakers has been increasing along with its global prestige as host of the 2016 Olympics, and the key role it will play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The number of visitors . . .

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