By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to data released by the Brazilian Association for the Hotel Industry (ABIH), 886,000 tourists traveled to Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup and revenue gained from this influx of visitors greatly exceeded expectations.

Prior to the World Cup, which started on June 12th in São Paulo, the Ministry of Tourism had estimated tourist spending would inject R$1 billion to Rio's local economy. Data released this week by Rio's Municipal Bureau of Tourism has put this figure at R$4.4 billion.

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