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Rio’s ‘ghost hotels’ stand hauntingly vacant ahead of World Cup


In the years leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, soccers main event, numerous journalists and commentators questioned whether Rio de Janeiro would be able to effectively and safely host the competition. The Washington Post highlights the soaring nightly rates for hotel rooms and a possible space shortage, juxtaposing them against three iconic ghost hotels, big, beautiful buildings that have stood vacant and unfinished for years thanks to government red tape. Rios government has provided $378 million to finance 10 hotels for the World Cup, but only five are expected to be ready in time for the games.

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