Hotel rooms still available for Beijing Olympics
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BEIJING - There are still plenty of hotel rooms available for the Beijing Olympics.
Director of Beijing's Tourism Bureau Zhang Huiguang says the crunch that was predicted doesn't seem to be happening.
She said that about 500,000 foreigners were expected for the games, a figure Beijing officials have long been predicting.
She said only 77 per cent of capacity at Beijing's five-star hotels have been booked during the Aug. 8-24 Olympic Games and the four-star hotel rate is only 44 per cent. And it's even lower for three-and two-stars.
One reason could be China's crack down on visa procedures, targeting students and others on short-term stays who might be activists intent on protesting during the Olympics.
© The Canadian Press, 2008