“This time, it’s the same people in charge, with more money and fewer controls. So why will it be any different?”
Organizers acknowledged that Rio’s shortage of hotel rooms was the city’s main weakness during the bidding for the Olympics, which pitted Rio against Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago in 2009.
More than 2 million visitors entered London’s Olympic Park during this year’s games, but Rio’s current hotel capacity stands at about 33,000 beds, including those at the “love” motels that dot the seedier neighborhoods.
During a recent U.N. conference here, Mr. Paes had to resort to decreeing a three-day public holiday, closing schools and urging residents to rent out rooms to conference participants.
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