A floating hotel concept, dubbed ‘flotels’, is being considered by organisers of the London Olympics, in order to accommodate visitors to the capital who don’t mind trying something a little bit different.
At least three cruise liners with hotel rooms would be docked on the River Thames, just three miles from the Olympic park in Stratford, and alongside moorings for the rich and famous, according to reports.
5.5 million visitors are expected to descend upon London during the games and VisitLondon has predicted that nearly one million of these visitors will be looking for accommodation. However with only 120, 000 hotel rooms in London this is expected to create difficulties.
Visitors could pay up to 10 times the normal amount for a hotel room during the Olympics.
Flotels were recently chartered by German company One Ocean Club during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Arica , stationed off the South African coast for the duration of the tournament.
Also in Europe today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to London.
City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
London.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.
City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.