Airbnb hosts cancel existing bookings in Liverpool for the weekend of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Just days after it was confirmed that the song contest would take place in the city on behalf of Ukraine, people’s pre-booked accommodation has been canceled without any explanation.
Since the announcement was made, prices to stay in the city over the Eurovision weekend, which takes place on May 13, have skyrocketed, with some Airbnb hosts offering accommodation for over £10,000.
Booking.com has said 99 per cent of its accommodation in the city is fully booked, with the few hotels it has left for up to £2,000.
A one night stay on 13 May at the Eleanor Rigby Apartments Stanley Street will cost a couple of £5,760, a ‘cozy’ two bedroom house in Liverpool will cost £5,375, and a house for 10 people will cost over £8,000.
However, some savvy Eurovision fans who pre-booked accommodation in the city in anticipation of the match being held there have been disappointed after hosts suddenly canceled their reservations.
Hosts cancel already existing bookings in Liverpool after it was announced that the city would host the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine
On Friday night, Graham Norton announced on BBC’s The One Show that Liverpool would host the world-famous song contest on May 13.
A man said he had booked and paid for the song contest on Airbnb, but that it was canceled 12 hours later. He claims it was subsequently put back on the site for a 204 percent fee
Another man, who booked a hotel while waiting for Liverpool to host the match, saw his booking canceled and claimed his credit card had expired
Some have even re-advertised the accommodation they booked online with a huge price increase.
Many have used social media to call the lodging sites and express their frustrations.
Events manager Buzz O’Neill-Maxwell said: ‘Was informed a long time ago and had hotel rooms on hold in Liverpool and Glasgow awaiting the Eurovision announcement on @bookingcom.
‘Then this message and the booking will be canceled (nothing wrong with my credit card, of course.) Total contenders. The prices are insane now.’
A map of accommodation available on Airbnb for May 13 in Liverpool, prices ranging from £1,510 to £10,105
Another person had booked an Airbnb to stay in Liverpool in June and was shocked to find that the owner had canceled the day after the city was confirmed to host the match.
The email read: ‘We are so excited about your stay. However, the house will no longer be available on these dates. Please accept the cancellation request to receive a full refund.’
When asked why the cancellation was made, the host said ‘apologies for the error in the booking calendar’.
And they’re not alone – a woman had booked a hotel in Liverpool for a wedding taking place on the same weekend, only to find it canceled and the price of a room at the hotel increased.
Lastminute.com has also come under fire, with some alleging that rooms have been canceled due to Eurovision
A woman had booked a hotel in Liverpool for a wedding on the same day as the song contest. She later had it canceled and saw the rooms sold for thousands
A woman said her booking on lastminute.com was canceled due to a ‘rate increase’
She said: ‘We had booked four rooms for a wedding in Liverpool on 13th May, suddenly got a change on my booking telling me my booking is now for the 14th.
‘My booking which was £260 is now £3,500. Booking.com is now fighting for us.”
Another man wrote: ‘Booked and paid for an Airbnb in Liverpool for Eurovision for the weekend.
’12 hours later and the booking has been canceled and re-listed, a mouthwatering 204 percent increase. Cheers guys, you absolute contenders.’
The online booking site, lastminute.com, has also come under fire after some of its Liverpudlian hosts began scrapping pre-existing bookings.
One woman wrote: ‘Shocking profiteering by hoteliers in Liverpool. I had booked and paid for two nights in May and was just informed that my booking has been cancelled.
‘No reason given. I booked through lastminute.com who told me it was due to a ‘rate increase’. I’m really disgusted.’
Liverpool will host the Eurovision Contest on behalf of Ukraine – who won the 2022 contest in May
Another said: ‘Disgusting greed and profit from lastminute.com
“We have booked a room in Liverpool for the Eurovision Song Contest but the company will not honor the booking as they realized they can now sell it for a much higher fee.
‘Will never use them again. Have now lost room and can’t afford to book an alternative.’
The announcement of where the song contest would be held was announced Friday evening by Graham Norton on the BBC’s The One Show.
Liverpool had battled it out with Glasgow after the two cities were named the final choices for the song contest.
The winner of the previous year’s competition usually organizes the next year’s song contest.
In May Ukraine triumphed at the 2022 competition in Turin, Italy, but the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) decided the show could not be held safely in the country after the Russian invasion.
The UK, which came second thanks to Sam Ryders’ performance, said it would host the competition on behalf of the war-torn country.
AirBnb, Booking.com and Lastminute.com have all been asked for a statement.
It is believed that the alleged conduct is prohibited.