Last night World Cup bosses assured England fans they would not be ripped off when booking accommodation in Qatar.
Three Lions fans can start planning their trips to the desert after England were drawn against the United States, Iran and Wales, Scotland or Ukraine in Group B .
And with up to 5,000 extra tickets made available to England fans through the FA, Qatar 2022 chief Nasser Al Khater insisted fans traveling to the Middle East could avoid being charged exorbitant prices for hotels.
Al Khater, Managing Director of the Qatar 2022 Organizing Committee, told SunSport: “We have always been committed to providing every fan who wants to come the opportunity to enjoy an affordable World Cup.
“We learned from previous tournaments. We know there have been price hikes in previous tournaments to take advantage of fans who bought tickets.
“It’s something we’ve always been determined to avoid.
“I fully understand the concern when fans see these prices, but we are going to make this World Cup as affordable as possible for everyone.”
World Cup leaders hope to achieve this in part by creating an online accommodation portal, designed to centralize 80% of the inventory of accommodation available in Qatar during the tournament.
A range of different options – subsidized by the State of Qatar – are available, ranging from traditional 2-5* hotel rooms, luxury cruise ships, serviced apartments and villas, and desert-style camps. glamping.
Fans can already book their accommodation – with apartments costing as little as £60 a night.
The luxury cruise ships – which offer fans a range of pubs, restaurants and leisure activities – can be booked from £139 per night.
In 2019, World Cup bosses signed a deal with MSC Cruises to charter two cruise liners during the tournament and provide 4,000 cabins.
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Then in October 2021, the SC signed an agreement with Europe’s largest hotel operator, Accor, which will provide 10,000 staff to manage and operate more than one million nights in 60,000 apartments and villas during the tournament.
Up to 130,000 rooms for the over one million fans expected over the 28-day tournament – ensuring there are no worries about lack of accommodation.
Al Khater added, “It is important for fans to visit our accommodation portal once they have booked their tickets.
“There will be other ways for them to book their accommodation, but if they want the cheapest options, this is where they will find them.”