Dec 19, 05 | 8:53 am
Fans following the England soccer team in the World Cup in Germany next summer face crippling hotel price hikes.
Hotels in Frankfurt, where England play their first match against Trinidad and Tobago, have raised prices by 134% for the World Cup period, according to the hotels.com company.
Hotels in Cologne, where England face Sweden, have put prices up by 38.5%.
Two other World Cup venues have also seen big rises, with Berlin hotels raising prices by 55% and Hamburg hotels going up 127%.
Hotels.com said numbers of bookings for June 2006 have trebled compared with the seasonal average.
While price rises vary from city to city, costs of 3-star hotels have gone up by as much as 134% during the World Cup, while 4-star hotels have raised their prices by up to 71%.
"Given the huge increases in demand for rooms, hotels are benefiting from the influx of fans," said Hotels.com spokeswoman Alison Couper said.
"Based on past experience, we are likely to see a surge in demand for rooms as tickets are allocated for the group matches following the draw.
However, it is also likely that prices will fall back nearer to the event and that hotels will seek to fill capacity with lower prices as June draws near."