Anyone who’s been on Booking.com already knows it: You can’t find a room for the night of the grand final that’s cheaper than £1,000.
In fact, according to MailOnline, Booking.com has said “99 per cent of its accommodation in the city is fully booked, with the few hotels it has left going for up to £2,000.”
Some fans, who booked in the shortlisted host cities more than a month ago, have seen their bookings cancelled and the prices to re-book jacked up.
And some people, who booked to be in Liverpool for reasons unrelated to Eurovision, such as weddings or family reunions, have seen their rooms cancelled because of Eurovision. One woman tweeted that her room, which she’d booked for a wedding, was increasing from £260 to £3,500.
Well now Chris Brown, the boss at Marketing Liverpool, has told the BBC that the city will release other options later this week. While not going into the specifics, he did float some inventive options for those looking for an adventure.
Organisers of Eurovision 2023 have warned visitors not to book accommodation at over-inflated prices during the event.— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) October 9, 2022
Liverpool Marketing said it is disappointed in those trying to profiteer from the city's winning bid.
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“That could involve cruise ships or opportunities around a campsite, but we do have a pretty robust plan,” he told the BBC.
“We have a plan that was a part of the whole bidding process to ensure that we open up a range of accommodation options.”
As is standard with every host city, a number of hotels and rooms have been blocked out for the participating countries and their delegations — and at reasonable rates.
That’s down partly to the fact that every single year, businesses try to profiteer off the tourism boom.
Mr. Brown promises that Eurovision organisers will be “addressing those who we feel are behaving in a way that we would say is not in the spirit or ethos of why Liverpool went into Eurovision.”
Booked and paid for an Airbnb in Liverpool for #Eurovision for the weekend. 12 hours later and the booking has been cancelled and relisted an eye watering 204% increase!— Peter J Holland ? (@PeterjHolland) October 8, 2022
Cheers guys, you absolute chancers! pic.twitter.com/4c8iZzQqhb
It may get cancelled, we had 4 rooms booked for a wedding in liverpool on the 13th May, suddenly got an amendment on booking telling me my booking is now for the 14th my booking which was £260 is now £3500! https://t.co/fPLpB1XiAZ are now fighting it for us— Debbie (@debbief135) October 8, 2022
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