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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For many living in the state of Rio de Janeiro this week represents a long break as Tuesday, April 21st is a national holiday (Tiradentes) and on Thursday, April 23rd it is a state holiday celebrating São Jorge (Saint George). With schools and government offices shutting down, Cariocas are heading out of the city to vacation in the state's many destinations, driving tourism business across the region.

According to a government report, during the holiday of Tiradentes (including the first weekend from April 17th to 21st), the occupancy increased . . .

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