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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The interior of Rio de Janeiro state, referred to as "fluminense", has seen cities attract more and more tourists during the Carnival season this year, with hotel occupancy rates higher than what the capital city of Rio has reported.

A survey conducted by the ABIH-RJ (Brazilian Association of Hotel Industry in Rio de Janeiro) shows there are already municipalities that register up to 95 percent of hotel occupancy, as is the case of Teresópolis, a city about an hour's journey from the state's capital city.

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