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Despite pledges, hotel prices could keep fans away

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March 23, 2012, 12:14 a.m. | Ukraine — by Olga Rudenko

Dutch supporters in fancy dress await kick-off in the international friendly football match between England and the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium in London on Feb. 29. Even the most enthusiastic of fans could be put off from attending Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland this June by the high accommodation prices.
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Frank Fileccia March 23, 2012, 9:19 p.m.    

It doesn't surprise me that hotels are preparing to gouge customers. After all, it is Ukraine. I know one hotel in my city has doubled their prices for Euro 2012, they even have the Euro 2012 logo on their website. The problem is that we are at least 200 km from any of the Euro 2012 venues.

What is surprising is all the big international chains that are racing to open in time for Euro 2012. Kiev was being serviced nicely with 3 five star hotels. Nobody was ever full, but nobody was ever empty. Now all these other international brands are opening for Euro 2012. The question is, what are they going to do when Euro 2012 is finished? It's only a 2 week event. How do they expect to fill their rooms after?

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