Thursday 23 November 2017

Rugby World Cup hotel rates jump over 1,000pc - and guess which is the most expensive city?

Cardiff averages €1,400 on October 17

Exterior of the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, UK
Exterior of the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, UK

Oliver Smith

Hotels in 11 UK destinations have increased their room rates by up to 1,095pc during the Rugby World Cup, new research has revealed.

With just 10 days until kick off, the search website Trivago has released data showing how much availability remains in each host city when the tournament is in town – and how much guests are paying for overnight stays.

And, while there are still plenty of empty rooms for nearly every World Cup fixture, even at this late stage, hoteliers have been looking to cash in with price rises of £169/€232 on average.

The study examined all rates quoted between January 1 and August 31, according to Trivago, “so they represent an accurate overview, rather than a last-minute attempt to sell remaining hotel rooms.”

The biggest increases of all have been in Cardiff for the Quarter Final fixture on October 17.

While the average price of a room in the Welsh capital was £85/€117 last year, this soared to an eye-watering £1,018/€1,400 for that date – which, ironically, will not even feature Wales.

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Rates in Cardiff have been similarly expensive for October 11, when France clash with Ireland in the city (£927/€1,275 on average), on October 2, when New Zealand meet Georgia (£508/€698) and October 1, when Wales play Fiji (£428/€588).

“The hotel price increases in Cardiff are the most extreme we have ever reported for an event in the UK,” said Denise Bartlett from Trivago. “The average in Cardiff for all match nights is £574/€789, which is 140pc more expensive than a night in London during the Rugby World Cup.”

There are big rises too in London, with average rates up by between nine and 103pc.

The costliest nights have been, unsurprisingly, October 31, when the World Cup Final takes place (£334/€459 on average) and October 3, for England’s fixture with Australia (£332/€456).

Visitors to Brighton on September 19, when Russia play Japan – hardly the biggest tie of the tournament – have been asked to fork out £376/€517 a night on average, 251pc more than usual.

Those staying in Newcastle on October 3, for Scotland’s meeting with South Africa, are likely to pay around £289/€397 a night, up 252pc. Even Milton Keynes, perhaps the least alluring of the World Cup venues, hasn’t been immune to the price hikes, with room rates up 150pc for October 6, following the game between Fiji and Uruguay.

While prices have been high, however, there are still plenty of rooms up for grabs in most locations, with hotel availability rated above 30pc or 25 of the fixtures.

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