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Early Opening Of Venues Shows That Glasgow 2014's Legacy Is 'Already Underway'
Published November 19, 2013
HOTEL PRICES RAISE CONCERNS: The BBC's Chris McLaughlin reported Glasgow hotels have been "urged not to 'fleece' visitors seeking accommodation" at the Games and risk losing the city's "friendly" tag. Of 10 hotels "picked at random," prices during Games time were compared "against prices outside of the 11-day event." The "average price increase on a daily rate for a standard double room during the Games was 410%." Organizers pointed to "Edinburgh and Stirling as alternative bases during their visit." Both cities are "less than an hour's commute from the host city and are expecting to see an overspill." Chris French "from Rugby" said, "Trying to find somewhere to stay has been a very unpleasant surprise. Everywhere I looked, the prices just seemed to have zeros added to them. Some rooms that are usually £100 ($161) per night are now going for £800 ($1,289) -- and you don't even get your breakfast with that." Glasgow City Marketing Bureau CEO Scott Taylor said that "price increases can be justified in part," but conceded that "those pitching prices too high are not helping." Taylor: "It'll turn people away from their property for sure" (BBC, 11/18).
GS4 AWARDED STEWARDING ROLE: REUTERS' Neil Maidment reported British security firm G4S, which was "responsible for a high-profile failure to properly staff the 2012 London Olympics," is to "help deliver stewarding at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games next year." GS4 is "one of 19 firms invited to work at the event." Games organizers said that G4S is one of a "group of companies enlisted to help provide safety stewarding." A separate group, "not including G4S, will provide venue security services, such as protection, patrols and surveillance" (REUTERS, 11/18).