Rooms lost as tickets sell out

RON PATERSON
Last updated 05:00 03/08/2012

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Hamilton moteliers who were expecting a large windfall from tomorrow's Super Rugby final are disappointed by the high number of cancellations due to tickets being snatched up by locals.

One motel manager, who did not want to be named, had raised his prices by $100 for the weekend but yesterday morning received six cancellations because the visitors who had booked the accommodation could not secure tickets.

“That's a quarter of our rooms that we've lost, but we're still hoping we can fill them.”

He would not consider lowering his prices.

“It's nothing personal to the visitors, it's a standard event rate and people should be sensible enough to understand that,” he said.

The manager of Hamilton Sails Motor Inn, Ian Morgan, has had two cancellations and is lowering his prices because only three people had booked for this weekend, he said.

Mr Morgan initially raised his prices by $85 but said he would be willing to negotiate his room rates.

“There were people lining down the street buying masses of tickets for their mates and they all live here so they don't need accommodation.

“Since they sold out, I haven't had one inquiry on the internet and I have more rooms booked for Monday than I do for Saturday.”

Mr Morgan said that apart from the Hamilton Fieldays and All Blacks matches, they “never get to put prices up”.

“We've lost the V8s too. We don't get many opportunities,” he said.

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- Waikato Times

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