Hotel racket will send RWC tourists home

New Zealand business reveals its immaturity, again.

### Thu, 11 Mar 2010 5:42p.m.
Hotel prices sky-high for Rugby World Cup
By Dan Parker
Australia’s two largest sports travel agents have accused New Zealand hotels of trying to rip off rugby fans by charging exorbitant prices for accommodation during the World Cup. The agents say rather than pay the prices, Australian fans will fly in for the games and fly home straight after.

“We have been offered hotels in Hamilton for example, that are Ibis hotels, $700 a night,” says Sam Harrison. “And normally $60 or $100 a night, so it’s just ridiculous.”

Australian sport tours claims are backed up by the official ticket and tour partner of the Australia Rugby Union, We Love Rugby.

“Word is starting to get out, and as a result many people are asking about flying in on the day and flying back out because they don’t want to be ripped off,” says Warren Livingstone.
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Post by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Economics, Events, Geography, Sport

4 responses to “Hotel racket will send RWC tourists home

  1. Elizabeth

    Warren Livingstone, managing director of the Australian We Love Rugby tour company, told 3News last night the Hilton Hotel in Auckland offered a minimum 10-night stay, at $1700 per night — a 400 percent hike on his Bledisloe Cup stay.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 12 Mar 2010
    Hoteliers slam Aussie RWC ‘beat-up’
    Claims by Australian tour operators of high hotel prices during next year’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand have been have been dismissed by the Hospitality Association as a “beat-up” to drive prices down. “This is an Aussie beat-up, using selected rates to try and influence the New Zealand market,” Hospitality Association New Zealand chief executive officer Bruce Robertson told NZPA.
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  2. I guess the hoteliers figure that if people will travel the world to basically see a few games of rugby, instead of watching it on TV, they’d be stupid enough to pay for overpriced accommodation – not to mention food and beverage prices skyrocketing. What a great business, eh. It all kind of ‘teams with the theme’ with stadium building.

    • Elizabeth

      New Zealanders need to ask themselves “what is sustainable business practice?” and resist the urge to be used car salespersons (no offence to ethical people in the trade).

      Treat visitors well, and the chances are they’ll want to pay return visits, to discover more that New Zealand has to offer by way of hospitality and (FFS, get your act together NZ business people) optimal customer service.

      Already we’ve got charlatans (apart from the reported hoteliers) planning to rent out their houses and rooms for a quick inflationary buck, looking to avoid the tax department. (have a great reporting system in mind for them)

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Thu, 6 May 2010
      Please don’t rip off RWC visitors: McCully
      Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully has written to the Hotel Association asking it to persuade its members not to risk damaging New Zealand’s tourism reputation by over-charging for accommodation during the Rugby World Cup. The event is still well over a year away but there have been reports of accommodation providers in Auckland ramping prices up several hundred percent above usual rates and adding long minimum-stay provisions. NZPA
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