Speculation over rising Glasgow hotel prices as Commonwealth tickets go on sale

25 October 2013 by
Speculation over rising Glasgow hotel prices as Commonwealth tickets go on sale

Speculation over the rising cost of Glasgow hotel rooms is mounting ahead of tickets to the Commonwealth Games going on sale this weekend.

The Hotel Price Index from hotel website Hotels.com has found that prices have already reached an average of £74 per night in the city, which represents a growth of 2% since the beginning of the year.

With an estimated 2.3 million people having applied for tickets for the Games, set to be held in Glasgow, it looks extremely likely that demand will push prices up further.

More than 100,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Scottish city for the sporting events, with some estimating the tourist spend to reach £30m in the three years during and after the Games. The ONS found that tourist spend in London has risen by 10% in light of last year's Olympics and Paralympics.

Hotels.com's Alison Couper warned that hotel rooms could be as much "gold dust" as the tickets themselves. She said: "Those lucky enough to bag a ticket should book accommodation early. With thousands of tourists expected, demand for hotels could outstrip supply causing prices to rise."

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