By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the midst of an economic crisis, Carnival carries on in Rio de Janeiro, now just one week away. Yet the Brazilian Hotel Industry Association (ABIH) reports that hotel chains in the city are only registering 72 percent full for the five-day Carnival holiday.

The president of ABIH, Alfredo Lopes, expects that occupancy of hotels reach the general average of eighty percent during Carnival, and feels it . . .

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