By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – During the 2015 Carnival celebrations the city of Rio de Janeiro welcomed approximately 977,000 tourists, according to the Secretaria Municipal de Turismo, known as Riotur. The data released on Sunday, February 22nd, showed that the visitors generated US$782 million in revenue for the city.

"We usually see about a fifty percent increase for the week of Carnival, with the majority of that increase coming from just Monday and Tuesday," Sam Flowers, owner of the Gringo Café in Ipanema, told The Rio Times during the Carnival this year.

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