Eurovision Song Contest: Glasgow hotel bookings skyrocket as city named in bottom two

Hotels are already booking up fast in Glasgow after the city was named one of only two candidates to host the Eurovision Song Contest.

Scotland’s biggest city will take on Liverpool – with the 14,000 capacity OVO Hydro lined up as the venue if Glasgow win.

Eurovision – coming to the UK because war-torn reigning champions Ukraine cannot host – takes place over five nights, culminating in a grand final on Saturday.

Although the dates for the event have not been confirmed, a search on Booking.com shows that 90% of hotel rooms in Glasgow are already booked between Tuesday May 9 and Sunday May 14.

Meanwhile, hotel chain Travelodge said: “Anticipation is certainly growing as to which city will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

“As one of the UK’s largest hotel chains, we are seeing an increase in visits, not just from all over the UK, but around the world, to our website to search for Travelodge hotels. in the pre-selected cities.

“Glasgow is currently a very popular search location on our website, attracting almost a million viewers a week. Our six hotel teams across Glasgow have been working hard to ensure that the city is selected as the host city.

Room prices have skyrocketed at other hotels due to demand for these dates.

When STV News checked, a premium room at the Yotel in the city center from May 9-14 on a non-member rate was priced at £799 per night, a total of £3,995 for the week, down from just £122 per night from October 25-30 – an increase of over 550%.

The Glasgow Marriott’s Deluxe Room Package for non-members costs £3,820 on May dates (£764 per night) compared to £990 for a Tuesday-Sunday stay in October (£198 per night).

A Queen room at the budget ibis Styles hotel costs £1,668 for flexible booking across all five nights in May, compared to £737 from October 25-30.

UK Hospitality Scotland’s Executive Director, Leon Thompson, said: “If Glasgow is chosen as the host city of Eurovision, it will be a well-deserved accolade for the UNESCO City of Music.

“After a very difficult few years, during the pandemic and its aftermath, Eurovision would give a very welcome extra boost to the city which time and again proves to be the perfect stage for live music events.

“Visitors to the city can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome, with the city’s hospitality businesses providing excellent experiences and services in pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs.

“As with all major events, accommodation will be at a premium. So if Glasgow is successful, visitors planning to attend Eurovision, or simply travel to the city to enjoy the atmosphere, should book as soon as possible.

Aberdeen and Edinburgh also made bids to host the competition, but failed to qualify for the second stage.

Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield made the initial list of potential cities.

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