SAO PAULO – The Brazilian government has created a committee to monitor abusive price hikes of hotel rates and plane tickets during next year's World Cup.
The group made up of members of different ministries was created by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday.
The move comes after complaints by consumer advocates.
A study by Brazil's tourism board this year showed that some hotel rates will be up to 500 percent more expensive during the World Cup, and the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported last week that a 45-minute flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo on the day of the World Cup final could cost almost as much as a flight to New York or Paris.
The group's first meeting is scheduled for next week.