Hotels, Airbnbs and other accommodations are reportedly cancelling pre-existing bookings in Liverpool after it was announced town will host the Eurovision contest next yr.
Eurovision will happen in Liverpool on May 13, 2023, after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) decided it would not be secure to carry the competition in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.
Now, tourists are reporting their pre-booked accommodation has been cancelled and is advertised at a much higher price.
Prices of accommodation in Liverpool on the Eurovision weekend have skyrocketed. Some Airbnb hosts are promoting flats and houses for greater than £10,000 while Booking.com reported 99 percent of its accommodation is fully booked.
Only a number of hotels are still available on the booking site which advertise for as much as £2,000.
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Some tourists who’ve booked accommodation in Liverpool for May 23 found their bookings were suddenly cancelled after the announcement was made earlier this week.
Many found their hotels and apartments can be found again at a much higher price and took to social media to share their frustration.
On Twitter, user Buzz O’Neill-Maxwell, commented: “Was on the ball ages ago and had hotel rooms on hold in Liverpool and Glasgow in anticipation of the Eurovision announcement on @bookingcom.
“Then this message and the booking gets cancelled (nothing fallacious with my bank card in any respect after all.) Total chancers. Prices now are insane.”
Social media user @PeterJHolland said: “Booked and paid for an Airbnb in Liverpool for Eurovision for the weekend.
“Twelve hours later and the booking has been cancelled and re-listed an eye-watering 204 percent increase. Cheers guys, you absolute chancers.”
One other one, @debbief135, had booked a hotel for a marriage she had that very same weekend and located her reservation was cancelled straight after the announcement.
She explained: “We had 4 rooms booked for a marriage in Liverpool on May 13, suddenly got an amendment on my booking telling me my booking is now for May 14.
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A one-night stay in Liverpool on May 13 costs £5,760 on average when booking an apartment for 2 people.
A two-bedroom home might be found for £5,375, and larger houses advertise for over £8,000 per night.
The Eurovision contest will probably be paid for by a mix of local and national Government funding, in addition to by broadcasters.
An Airbnb spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “We’ve got not seen evidence to support these claims and we take a spread of actions to discourage hosts from cancelling stays, including applying fees, penalties and blocking hosts from accepting further stays. One in 4 guests say they select Airbnb to lower your expenses and the common price per night of a stay during Eurovision is just £228. Within the unlikely event of a difficulty, our 24/7 support team is on-hand to assist.”