If you’ve never experienced the build-up to an Olympics first-hand, imagine all the hype surrounding the Super Bowl, but stretched out for years and years instead of just a few weeks. In Vancouver, which is hosting the 2010 Winter Games in February, the Olympics have been front-page news since about 2003. Officials have spent $1.6 billion on, among other things, the snazziest curling rink the world has ever seen. One thing they may have neglected, however, is a place to put all the people expected to show up. I wrote about the city’s Olympic accommodation crunch in an article for Sunday’s Washington Post travel section.
Vancouver’s hotel shortage sets off an Olympic scramble
By Remy Scalza; Special to The Washington Post
It doesn’t take a gold medal in arithmetic to see that the numbers didn’t add up.
About 250,000 spectators are expected to pour into Vancouver, B.C., for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in February. Yet according to the city’s Olympic committee, only a paltry 10,000 hotel rooms were available to them. With three months to go before the Opening Ceremonies, the pool of rooms at hotels in and around Vancouver — from highway HoJos to the Four Seasons — has essentially dried up.
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