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Rio de Janeiro 'the most welcoming city on the planet'

Rio de Janeiro 'the most welcoming city on the planet'
12 Jul 2011

Rio de Janeiro is a 'city without prejudice' with its world-famous beaches, nightlife and vibrant culture open to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation.

That is according to the city's mayor, Eduardo Paes, who has expressed his confidence that the Brazilian metropolis is well on its way to establishing itself as one of the world's top gay tourism destinations.

Speaking at the start of Rio's inaugural Diversity Weel - a riotous festival of song and dance - Mr Paes was quoted by the Guardian as highlighting the city's happy-go-lucky and tolerant nature.

'It is a city that accepts everything with an open heart,' he said.

The report added that, of the international tourists that visited Rio over the course of 2010, around one in four - equivalent to 880,000 - were gay.

Brazil's second largest city is perhaps best known for its natural attractions, among them Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach.

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