Sochi races to complete unfinished hotels

Three new hotels are losing the race to open in time for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which begins this Friday (February 7).

Sochi races to complete unfinished hotels
Sochi races to complete unfinished hotels

With the opening ceremony taking place on Friday, Olympic officials have revealed that three of Sochi’s nine media hotels are yet to be finished.

Emmanuelle Moreau, head of media relations for the International Olympic Committee, said: "We have been made aware of some issues with media representatives.

"As with all projects of this scale, there are some teething problems and we are aware that some media had to be temporarily rebooked into similar accommodation in the same area.

"But we know that all media coming to the Games will be properly looked after and properly accommodated by Sochi 2014."

Mariola Markiel, sales and marketing manager at the Russian National Tourist Office, states that despite the controversy surrounding Sochi's hotels, they are unaware of any issues: "We haven’t received any complaints from our business clients who are now all mostly on site.

"There will always be a few hiccups but a lot of the hotels seem to be moving along as planned. Perhaps this is just the media causing a stir."

So far the Russian Government has spent more than £30bn on the Winter Olympics with the aim of turning Sochi into an all year round tourism destination.

More: Destination of the Week – Sochi, Russia

Dolina 960 boutique hotel opens in Sochi

In pictures: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics venues

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
Why wellness isn't just for delegates

Why wellness isn't just for delegates

From taking time to see the sights to apps that help your sleep patterns, Top Banana's Ian Cooke has some wellbeing tips.

7 lessons for event planners from... Brexit

7 lessons for event planners from... Brexit

We asked industry figures what the Brexit process has taught them about planning and executing big events.

Inntel hires new head of business travel

Inntel hires new head of business travel

Senior appointment will manage business travel operations teams and mentor the agency's business travel consultants.

5 ways to bounce back from travel sickness

5 ways to bounce back from travel sickness

Wellness expert John Ayo shares his health tips to make sure you and your event don't have to suffer.

What's the biggest challenge for corporate event planners?

What's the biggest challenge for corporate event planners?

Panel of experts at Cvent Connect examine what will affect in-house event professionals most during the next three years.

Marketing budgets cut for the first time in seven years, says Bellwether Report

Marketing budgets cut for the first time in seven years, says Bellwether Report

Total marketing budgets fell in the third-quarter amid economic and political uncertainty, but outlook for 2020 is positive.

Another landmark year for Belfast after winning Best Events Destination 2019

It's been a record-breaking year for Belfast with stand-out numbers for business tourism sales and awards galore.

Event agency wins Best Business award

Event agency wins Best Business award

Sleek Events hailed as 'outstanding with year-on-year growth' by Best Business Women Awards.

Case study: Unbound's festival of innovation

Case study: Unbound's festival of innovation

Light Fantastic produced the two-day showcase featuring immersive experiences, hackathons and talks.

The Creative Engagement Group hires three senior creative directors

The Creative Engagement Group hires three senior creative directors

Agency brings in new staff to strengthen its creative team for live experiences, communications, interactive and immersive content.

LATEST JOBS