A young hotelier sticks to reasonable prices for the Eurovision weekend, while others charge thousands of dollars.
Bethan Wilkinson, 23, is a director of Poppy and Co Property Limited in Liverpool.
Many AirBnB owners have come under fire from Eurovision fans looking for reasonable hotel stays – with prices reaching four figures per night for one-bedroom apartments on the night of May 2023.
However, Bethan decided to stick with his usual £100-a-night price policy and his house was taken for the whole week within an hour of signing up.
She has now been praised for her actions as many struggle to find rooms.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Bethan said: ‘I currently own an Airbnb, and I’m probably one of the few people who haven’t had an overpriced booking.
“My AirBnB was online for seven hours before being booked for the whole week of Eurovision for £700.
Bethan told the Yorkshire Post she couldn’t wait for the huge event to take place in Liverpool.
She added: ‘I myself moved here as a student and never left!
“The city is truly one of a kind and I know everyone who visits will have the same view.
“Of course the £30m added to the economy will benefit the local council.
“Especially as we have several areas of regeneration underway to help the city grow as the attraction grows around the world, with visitors traveling for Liverpool Football Club and its history of music culture.
“I think the coverage of Liverpool and Eurovision has been incredibly positive so far, and I’ve heard the hotels in Manchester and Chester are now fully booked!”
Many landlords use the site to try and get thousands of pounds for small properties over the Eurovision weekend.
An AirBnB spokesperson told the Yorkshire Post that many high listings had not been booked and were not representative of accurate prices.
“The average price per night for accommodation booked on Airbnb during Eurovision is around £230 and helps local families to increase their income and benefit visitors to Liverpool,” they continued.
AirBnB said there are affordable options just outside of Liverpool – potential guests can use the “map view” feature to explore around Liverpool or set a price filter to suit their budget.