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In a face-to-face meeting, HotéisRio asks for the return of corporate events

HotéisRio held a board meeting yesterday (3) debating how the sector can work towards the return of corporate events in the capital of Rio de Janeiro. On the occasion, the association's leaders received state deputy Alana Passos (PSL), president of the Alerj Tourism Commission (Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro). The meeting marked the return of in-person meetings, after the suspension of activities due to the covid-19 pandemic.

According to the president of HotéisRio, Alfredo Lopes, the sector is surviving thanks to national tourists, who use the facilities from Thursday to Sunday. “But, from Monday to Wednesday, we are practically empty. This was the niche of the corporate events segment. Recovery involves the resumption of company meetings and events, such as business fairs and congresses. To achieve this, Rio de Janeiro urgently needs to recover its main equipment for holding major events, the RioCentro Convention Center,” he stated.

Lopes also highlighted the importance of recovering road infrastructure. “It is necessary to double BR 101 and complete works on BR 040 and Estrada do Contorno. Another point is Avenida Brasil. Discounts on IPTU could be granted to companies that set up shop along the avenue. In this way, we would change the desert scenario that the route displays today.”

Representative Alana Passos highlighted that the Alerj Tourism Commission has open arms for the hotel industry, as it recognizes that it is one of the sectors most affected by the current crisis. “I am here to listen to your demands. We need to understand the needs to seek development alternatives and defend the sector in Alerj, preventing laws from being proposed that impede growth”, stated Alana.

The issue of accommodation platforms was also addressed by the president of HoteisRIo. Lopes called for tax equity with the hotel sector. “The authorities need to review this permission, just as cities like Lisbon and Paris have already done. These companies do not have legalized employees, do not pay IPTU, ISS and the leased units do not undergo any inspection”, he argued.

According to the executive's assessment, those affected by this scenario are the economy of Rio de Janeiro and guests, who are at risk when renting units without health safety protocols, among other problems.

Source: Panrotas

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