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Euro 2012: Accommodation price gouging may keep fans away


Soccer fans are gearing up for the Euro-2012 championship to be held in Poland and Ukraine. But with skyrocketing accommodation prices in Ukraine, some fear many of them may opt to stay at home.

­Ukrainian hotels and hostels are seeking to cash in on the mass influx of soccer enthusiasts pouring into the country.

Private landlords are also renting out their apartments at much higher prices than normal. For some, it is a way to receive a small financial boost.

“Our pensions are next to nothing,” an elderly landlady told RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevksy. “Our days are numbered and we want to see them off in style and earn a little money. That’s why we will let a room in our flat to football fans. We’ll start at 50 dollars a night – depending on who stays here, but the price could go higher.”

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