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French hotels to fleece fans at Euro 2016

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French hotels to fleece fans at Euro 2016
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17:06 CEST+02:00
Hotels have raised prices by 80 percent and rental property owners have been almost as greedy ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament, a new study has found.
atWith the Euro 2016 tournament just around the corner, hotels haven't wasted any time increasing their room rates.
 
In fact, the average room price in the ten host cities during the period - June 10th to July 10th - has shot up by 80 percent, according to a study from consumers group UFC Que Choisir.
 
The stats compare the prices on match day, and on the same day one week earlier. 
 
It means that a couple will pay €167 for a room on a game day, compared to just €93 a week earlier. 

The study pointed out some examples of hotels that had grossly upped their prices, including the Best Western in Marseille, which raised prices by over 1,100 percent for a match night. 
 
The Hotel Ibis at Saint-Denis Stade Ouest had rooms up 946 percent on the week before. 
 
So surely fans can opt for a more sensibly priced home rental, right?
 
Wrong! Another survey, released by holiday comparison site Likibu, has found that these sites have also jacked up their prices, this time by 54 percent.
 
These prices were especially bad in cities like Lille at a 71 percent hike, Toulouse at 60 percent, and Lyon at 53 percent. 
 
In Paris, the prices only went up 12 percent, as football fans have plenty of other options when it comes to short term rentals. 
 
The study found that Paris would have an 88 percent occupancy rate in its rentals - ten percent higher than normal. 
 
Bordeaux and Lyon, meanwhile, will see jumps to 90 percent, from an offpeak rate of 73 and 72 percent respectively. 

The Euro 2016 tournament will see 51 matches played in French cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse.
 
Accommodation for fans has already caused a few headaches, especially after Uefa announced it would be teaming up with vacation rental site Abritel HomeAway as its "official fan accommodation service".
 
The move prompted hotel unions to threaten to stop paying tourist taxes over the period of the tournament in frustration that the rental site still doesn't.
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