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Wednesday 18 January 2017

Euro 2012 hotels to charge fans €900 per night

Mark Hilliard

Published 06/12/2011 | 05:00

IRISH fans are "bombarding" travel agents with queries on Euro 2012 packages even though hotels are charging as much as €900 per night.

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With package prices expected to be finalised later this week, operators have been receiving thousands of emails and phone calls from supporters eager to secure tickets for glamour ties against Croatia, Italy, and world champions Spain.

However, hotels in Poland are delaying the process with sky-high price demands -- some three-star establishments have been asking for as much as €900 a night.

The average asking price has come in at around €400 a night.

"From the day after the first leg of the play-off against Estonia we have been bombarded," said Abbey Travel sports consultant Kevin Williams.

"We have a database of nearly 3,000 emails from people who are interested -- it's huge. The phones haven't stopped ringing."

Up to 15,000 Irish fans are expected to travel to Poland, many without tickets.

Abbey Travel is Ireland's official operator for the tournament next summer, while supporters have also been encouraged to contact Thompson Travel in the UK.

Both operators have been registering interest online and will operate a first-come, first-served system.

Mr Williams explained that every fan who had contacted Abbey Travel would receive an email at the same time when details of the finalised packages were confirmed.

It will then be a case of who gets to the phone the fastest and the company has had to bring in additional staff to deal with the anticipated torrent of calls.

Shortage

"There is a suspicion out there that there will be a shortage," he said. "The way it's going at the moment it's looking that way; it's been 10 years since we have qualified for a major tournament.

"It's difficult to say how much of that (interest) will actually translate into people travelling. People do have six months to save for it as well.

"It will probably replace a lot of family holidays.

"People will always go without tickets and hope that they will get them over there. It's difficult to pinpoint a number but up to 15,000 (are likely to go)."

Abbey Travel will operate three packages -- day trips to each game, trips for the Spain and Italy games, and one overall package for all three group stage matches.

Until deals are concluded with hotels -- representatives are travelling back to Poland today in order to do so -- there will be no definitive prices, although these are expected by the end of the week.

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