'Zim hotels reconsider rates'
Johannesburg - Hotels are reconsidering their pricing after a deal offered by Fifa for occupation of 80% of the country's hotel rooms flopped, the Herald reported on Thursday.
This followed condemnation by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority of what it said were "ridiculous pricing demands" of up to US3000 per night.
This, the authority said, had led to Fifa turning its back on Zimbabwe and signing a deal with Botswana.
However, Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe president Lewis Chasakara told the Herald the new prices would be nowhere near US1000.
He said the problem was that Match Events - the official Fifa accommodation company - had met junior officials instead of having a meeting at corporate level.
"Yes, the guys from Match Events came through but met our guys at grassroots and they wanted 80% of our rooms.
"They should have met us at corporate level and we would have given them reasonable figures because we are reasonable people," Chasakara told the newspaper.
He added that Fifa's deal with Botswana was "a marketing gimmick meant to put pressure on us... Botswana has no rooms".