Hosting the Olympic Games in 2016 boosted tourist numbers to a new record for Brazil, the Tourism Ministry said on Wednesday.
Some 6.6 million foreign tourists visited Brazil for the first Olympic Games in the southern hemisphere, a rise of 4.8 per cent on the previous year's figures, the ministry said in the capital Brasilia.
Income from tourism rose by 6.2 per cent, to 6.2 billion dollars, in 2016 compared to 2015, according to the ministry, with the most tourists coming from neighbouring Argentina, followed by visitors from the United States.
The ministry said that Brazil's tourism industry registered a bigger Olympic bounce than any previous host nation. The previous hosts, Britain in 2012, registered growth of only 1 per cent in its tourism sector.