The hotel prices in Ahmedabad have sky-rocketed ahead of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia that is set to take place on Sunday, November 19 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Some of the rooms in 5-star Hotels have gone up as high as 2 lakh rupees near the stadium in the city.
The hotel prices for 3-star and below have also gone up significantly, increasing their rates by five to seven times. The high demand for the rooms due to the delayed ticket sale is the major reason behind the rise in rates. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad is also the largest in terms of capacity in the world. It has a capacity of around 1.32 Lakh spectators.
“There is enthusiasm for the World Cup final not only in India but people from abroad including places like Dubai, Australia and South Africa want to come to watch the match,” said the President of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Gujarat Narendra Somani as quoted by NDTV.
“There are 5,000 rooms in three-star and five-star hotels in Ahmedabad, while the number for entire Gujarat is 10,000. The capacity of the Narendra Modi Stadium is over 1.20 lakh people and we expect that 30,000 to 40,000 people will come from outside to watch the match. People tend to book flight tickets first before booking hotels. The room prices are going to increase not only in Ahmedabad but in the surrounding towns also as the match day comes near,” he added.
Flight rates also soar up ahead of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 final
Along with Hotel rates, Flight ticket prices have also gone up drastically. Flights with a usual rate of 5000 have gone up to 20000. The fans are struggling to manage their travel due to the high flight rates, as the train tickets have been booked. Manubhai Pancholi, a travel agent speaking to NDTV, said,
“Due to high demand for Ahmedabad, airfares for flights to the city from almost all places have risen three to five times. Cricket fans are ready to pay high prices to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and witness India play the finals in their home country. The demand for hotels and tickets is on the rise.”