Hotel booking rates in Beijing have steadily risen with the Olympic Games drawing near, but the room rate has dropped, according to the industry and city tourism authority.
Hotels near the Olympic venues and Olympic-contracted ones have reported very good bookings, an insider working with a leading travel agency told Xinhua on Thursday.
"In average 90 percent of rooms in hotels near the Olympic venues have been booked, even the economy ones," the source said.
The five-star China World Hotel, one of the Shangri-La hotels and an Olympic contracted one, has no rooms left during the Games, according to its reservation desk on Thursday.
"Besides the rooms booked by the Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (BOCOG), other rooms left have also been booked," said one of the hotel public relations personnel. But she refused to give exact numbers of how many are booked by BOCOG and how many by other clients.
Another Olympic contracted and five star hotel, Grand Hyatt Hotel, at the center of city downtown, also reported no rooms left for reservation on Thursday.
Jinjiang Inn, an economy hotel chain, has rooms left during the Games but told Xinhua that quite a few of their rooms have been booked.
There were media reports recently that the stricter visa policy China has carried out since June for security concerns have held foreign tourists back from visiting the country and this has made hotel room supply greatly exceed demand in Beijing.
However, insiders said no serious effect has been found in the past one and half months.
"At least our business has not been affected recently," said a Grand Hyatt Hotel PR officer. "Partly because we are serving business travelers mainly instead of tourists who come only for the Games."