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Love motels get a facelift for tourists in advance of the World Cup

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 01:27

May 28 - Rio's love motels trade in raunchy designs for family friendly rooms in order to capitalize on the onslaught of tourists during the World Cup. Roselle Chen reports.

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Love motels in Rio de Janeiro go conservative ahead of the World Cup to cater to the demand of tourists from all over the world searching for a place to stay. The special hideaways usually cater to couples seeking privacy from the prying eyes of parents or spouses. The Shalimar Hotel made various suites more family-friendly in order to open up to the new clientele. However, the hotel's owner, Antonio Cerqueira, decided not to remove the pole dancing area in the suite, given the high number of requests it receives. SOUNDBITE: Antonio Cerqueira, hotel owner, saying (Portuguese): "We are living in a modern world, the twentieth century, there is no point in preaching, hypocrisy, dismissing somewhere saying it is just for sex. No, people will have sex wherever, in hotels for tourists, in hotels on the motorway, in hotels downtown, wherever. The reality is that we sell accommodation, and that is all that matters." Of the 600,000 foreign tourists expected for the World Cup, over two-thirds will go to Rio, according to the city's tourism agency, where just 21,639 conventional hotel rooms, and sky-high prices, await them. Love motels provide a cheaper alternative. So, it's not too late for most travelers who have not yet booked accommodations, though they may get more than just a mint on their pillow.

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Love motels get a facelift for tourists in advance of the World Cup

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 01:27