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By Jack Whibley, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - World Youth Day (WYD), which officially began on July 23rd, is expected to boost the Brazilian economy to the tune of over a billion reals according to the country’s Tourism Ministry last week, however some local businesses are skeptical of the real impact on tourism in Rio.

The Tourism Ministry predicts that between 1.7 and 2 million pilgrims will visit Brazil during the course of this week to attend the WYD festivities. Brazil’s airports have increased staff numbers by an average of 58 percent to handle the influx . . .

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