The mayor of Liverpool has expressed “disappointment” that the price of some accommodation has skyrocketed to £4,000 a night as fans flocked to buy hotel rooms for Eurovision.
teve Rotheram released a statement Monday after the city of Merseyside was chosen to host the 2023 contest on behalf of this year’s winners Ukraine.
As of Friday’s announcement, he said staying guests have reported that their bookings for May 2023 are canceled and then re-published with “excessively inflated rates”.
Mr. Rotheram said: “Eurovision is supposed to be an occasion where people come together for peace, love and understanding. It is a spectacular multi-color and multi-cultural.
“That’s why it’s disappointing to see some businesses in our area who have taken the opportunity to overcharge their prices – with some even canceling existing bookings just to advertise. similar items for many times the previous price.
“I don’t want anyone to be prevented from visiting our great city area because it is financially constrained.”
Mr. Rotheram said he would talk to the hotel sector about the price increase and hoped for a solution.
Liverpool Marketing Director Chris Brown also said he was “disappointed in the minority of hoteliers and accommodation owners”.
He highlighted their plans to use locations around Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire. Mr Brown said they “will announce more plans in the future”.
Some businesses and locals were also quick to point out that many in “hospitality” did not “like” Liverpool during Eurovision.
Tim Johnson was really pleased when Bar McCartneys of the Hanover Hotel reserved a room for six Ukrainian friends to watch Eurovision.
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“Even if I can’t get them tickets, I want them to be here to enjoy our city that weekend because it’s their party,” he said.
“I would like to highlight the good deed of this hotel that made it possible for me to bring them here. It is the party of Ukraine and hopefully as much as possible can reach the city. To make that happen, we need to have sensible options to be open to them.”
Michael Cox, 42, manager at Hanover Hotel & McCartneys Bar, says their room rates at Eurovision are still below market rates and claims they sold triple rooms at £200 before they sold out .
“Prices change all the time,” he said. “It’s the natural way, but I don’t believe in getting sick.”
More than £4,000 a night on Booking.com and Airbnb are listed for May 13, when the final takes place.
Nicola Leppert, 39, business development manager at Harrison’s Bar & Aparthotel, said their business had told customers it would not raise the price of their apartments as per Eurovision’s announcement.
“We are a small family business,” she said. “It just goes against everything we believe in.
“It’s a community feeling and we never wanted to rip anyone off.”
Asked what she thought of the others raising prices, she added: “I think it’s disappointing and I think not about Liverpool.”
A Booking.com spokesperson said: “At Booking.com, we understand there is a lot of interest and excitement around the Eurovision Song Contest coming to Liverpool in 2023.
“Although hotels and other accommodation have complete control over availability and the prices they list on Booking.com, if a customer has any issues with their booking, the customer service team does Our customer support is available 24/7.
“This is a great opportunity for hotels in Liverpool to showcase their city and is part of ensuring all fans have a positive experience, which starts when they book accommodation at the rate great.
“We are always proactive in monitoring any fraudulent activity and may take action if necessary, including suspending or removing a product from our platform.”
The 11,000-capacity M&S Bank Arena on Liverpool’s waterfront will host the singing competition.
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