By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A new law in Rio de Janeiro city will guarantee tourists rights to know the prices of hotel amenities before the booking process is completed. The law was approved months before the city is to host the 2016 Olympics, and when hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to fill up hotels and guest houses throughout the town. Establishments charging ‘hidden’ costs may be fined up to R$5,000.

“Hotels and other hospitality venues are prohibited to add to clients’ final expense bills any amount which is not included . . .

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