Hotels could face a raft of no-show guests during the Olympics as sports fans who have booked packages just for the tickets ditch their accommodation.
In an analysis of the impact of the 2012 London Olympics by holiday lettings company CLC Leisure, it is claimed that some people who have bought ticket and hotel packages are trying to offload the hotel portion.
“Desperate to get tickets to events of their choice people have paid over the odds for a ticket and hotel package even if they live right next to the event venue,” said CLC director Laurence Hicks.
“In fact many of the hotels in these packages are inconveniently located miles away from the main venues. I know that a secondary market has started for these hotel rooms but it is difficult to transfer them and I expect that there will be many no shows.”
CLC also predicts there will be fewer traditional end of summer discounts as there will be a spike in bookings post-Olympics for the second half of August and beginning of September. Hicks added that keen prices in destinations such as Spain and Turkey were luring holidaymakers overseas and it won’t be a staycation summer.
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