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Foreigners own fifth of Paralympic tickets

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016

A fifth of the 1.6 million tickets already sold for the Paralympic Games are now in foreign tourists hands, say officials.

The Paralympic flame has been lit at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro marking the start of the event, which will involve 11 days of competition.

Embatur, the Brazil Tourism Board, reported that 300,000 of the total tickets sold until last Sunday were acquired by foreigners, mostly from the US, Germany, the UK, Japan, and France.

Vinicius Lummertz, the Brazilian Tourism Board head, said that tourism will grow in the coming years in Brazil due to the extensive coverage that the international press gave to the Olympic Games and are expected to give to the Paralympics.

According to the latest figures from the organising committee, 1.6 million tickets to the Paralympics, or 64 per cent of the 2.5 million tickets available to the public, have been sold until now.

Sales increased significantly after the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics on August 21 - before then only 300,000 tickets had been sold, which would have been insufficient to finance every delegation's trips and meals.

The Brazilian Paralympic Committee added that the number of tickets sold for the Rio 2016 Paralympics will be higher than that of the Paralympics in Beijing 2008.

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