Commonwealth Games: Beware rogue hotel bookings

People travelling to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games are being warned to be aware of rogue accommodation booking sites, with hotels being advertised at more than 10 times the actual price during the Games.

The warning comes from Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter, who in an interview with the Gold Coast Bulletin, said misleading inflated rates could damage the city’s reputation.

“Some of the hotel consolidators are advertising availability that has not been provided by individual hotels,” Mr Winter said.

“This is an unscrupulous and irresponsible practice which could potentially damage the reputation of the industry.

“Gold Coast Tourism is contacting these organisations, pointing out this misleading information and expressing our regret in the strongest terms.”

The Bulletin reported hotel booking giant, Hotels Combined, was this week advertising rates for the Q1 Resort and Spa for a staggering $19,494 for two nights and two adults when the swimming is due to take place.

However, if you head over to the resort’s site itself, the same duration with the same number of adults can be booked from just $1726.

RACQ’s Renee Smith said that shopping around for the best deal is the right course of action when booking hotel rooms.

“As with any major event, hotel prices are likely to be inflated because of the sheer number of people that will be descending on the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games,” Ms Smith said.

“We would advise people looking to book hotel rooms for the two-week event to search around different sites for the best deal.

“We would like to remind RACQ members one benefit they have is the ability to access hotel deals and they should head to the discounts page for offers.”