By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro state officials expect over R$3.5 billion to circulate during the five-day Carnival festivities, according to the Federation of Commerce of Goods, Services and Tourism of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Fecomercio-RJ).
"It's a volume that is surprising. It is very positive," said João Gomes, chief economist of Fecomercio-RJ. For Gomes, Rio de Janeiro is beginning to demonstrate "a certain [economic] recovery".
According to Fecomercio-RJ the average spending for tourists going to Rio state for the festivities will be . . .