Chile’s operator of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has accused a tour operator of failing the country’s budget, saying it spent $1.3 million on travel and accommodation for the countrys tourism delegation to Rio de Janeiro.
Celso Amadero said the tour operator didn’t provide a written account of the expenses to the Chilean government.
The statement by Amaderos Tour Operators Association (ATPA) came as the country faces an acute shortage of hotels in Rio de Paulo.
The Rio Olympic and Paraplegic Organizing Committee (ROPOC) says it has no accommodation capacity and is currently working on a solution, but some hotels are not even operating due to poor conditions.
Rio’s Rio Olympic Committee (CONF) says hotels in the city are at capacity, but that it is trying to find solutions for hotel vacancies and has a contingency plan for hotels in other areas of the city.
Meanwhile, the state-run tour operator has also accused the CONF of “stifling its right to conduct business”.
Amadero’s statement on Tuesday also cited a report by the U.S. government’s Congressional Research Service (CRS) that claimed the CONG is trying, with “a lot of political pressure” to stop the tour operators from performing their duties.
Amaderos said the CONC had told the tour company it would “take legal action” against the tour provider if it did not comply with the rules governing the company.