The announcement of footballing legend, Sir Alex Ferguson's, impending retirement has been responsible for an unexpected surge in Manchester hotel bookings, http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk/Articles/9/5/2013/348399/london-hotel-prices-soar-for-uefa-champions-league-final.htm" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">lastminute.com](http://www.lastminute.com/) claimed today.
The discount website has seen a 30% rise in hotel bookings within the city, as well as the average booking value for hotel stays on 12 May, when Sir Alex is due to make his final appearance as manager on home ground, up by 11%, with the value of Saturday night bookings up 39%.
Mark Maddock, managing director of lastminute.com UK and Ireland said: "Our booking trends suggest that fans are seizing the last chance to see Sir Alex as Manchester United manager.
"Hotel booking values for the weekend of the 12th May also suggest loyal supporters are keen to honour Sir Alex's managerial swan song with a memorable night's stay."
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