With the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow just two days away, visitors to the games are being made to dig deep to afford hotel rooms in the city, the Daily Mail has reported.
The Commonwealth Games begin this Wednesday, July 23, and in response to the expected influx of supporters for the event, Glasgow hotels have imposed sharp increases on their room rates, some by as much as 158 percent of their usual rates. This means that the average price of a hotel room in the city will be £344 per night, compared with an average of just £78 per night for the same period of July and early August a year ago. According to figures supplied by the Trivago Hotel Price Index, the current hike in room prices is even extreme compared with rates available just a week ago, when the average room price was only £133.
The increase is most pronounced for Sunday July 27, with an average cost of £448 per room, making it the most expensive night of the period for those seeking accommodation. This is due to the level of interest generated by the start of the athletics competition that day, which will take place in the Hampden Park stadium, recently the subject of a £14 million refit.
The exorbitant prices have failed to quell the interest in visiting the games though, with Trivago reporting that the number of on-line searches for Glasgow hotels increased by 104 percent in May and a further 13 percent in June. And those visitors able to afford the high cost of accommodation should be rewarded with performances from some of the world’s top athletes, including Mo Farah, who is likely to compete in the 5,000 metres.
With London 2012 fans now knowing if they’ve been successful in the ticket ballot, Thomas Cook, the travel company that offers holidays worldwide and Official Short Break Provider of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, continues to offer guaranteed seats at the Games.
A spokesperson for Thomas Cook UK & Ireland said, “Last week was our busiest so far – with people unlucky in the ballot visiting our website, calling our hotline and visiting our stores to secure themselves a seat at the Games.
“Although some events are selling out we still have limited availability in some of the most popular sports that have been oversubscribed in the ballot, as we continue to guarantee the public tickets and hotel rooms to this once in a lifetime event that simply aren’t available to purchase separately.”
To date, Thomas Cook’s most popular breaks are for one night with one or two events with the most popular sports being athletics, gymnastics, volleyball, and water polo.
Thomas Cook’s Games Break Plus option, which guarantees some of the best events tickets available, includes stays at London’s top hotels – many of which are not yet available to book separately for July or August 2012 – and a host of exclusive offerings, such as a fully hosted service, meals at quality London restaurants and private coach transfers.
For further information or to book any of the below breaks:www.thomascook2012.com or Going Places store:
Beach Volleyball – £99 per person27th July 20121 night at the 2 star Ibis London HeathrowBeach Volleyball – Cat E tickets Shooting & Hockey – £249 per person29th July 20122 nights at the Budget Travelodge Covent GardenMen’s Shooting Ground Pass – Cat A Tickets & Men’s Hockey Cat D tickets Basketball & Trampoline Final – £279 per person2nd August 20122 nights at the Budget Travelodge SouthwarkMen’s Basketball – Category D tickets, Men’s Gymnastics Trampoline Final – Category E tickets Athletics & Volleyball – £294 per person8th August 20121 night at the 4 star Holiday Inn Heathrow M4Athletics & Men’s Volleyball Quarter Final – Both Cat D Tickets Diving – £299 per person10th August 20121 night at the 4 star Holiday Inn Heathrow M4Men’s 10m Diving Platform Prelims – Cat C Tickets – Code 1135 Water Polo & Beach Volleyball – £359 per person29th July 20122 nights at the 3 star Express by Holiday Inn Park RoyalMen’s Water Polo & Beach Volleyball – Cat C Tickets Athletics & Beach Volleyball – £669 per person2nd August 20122 nights at the 4 star Marriott Marble ArchAthletics – Cat B Tickets, Beach Volleyball Round 16 – Cat B Tickets