Russia’s consumer rights watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, reported on Thursday that as many as 561 cases of hotel accommodation overpricing had been registered across the country in cities selected to host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“A total of 561 cases of hotel accommodation overpricing have been exposed (22 such cases during the week). As many as 113 hotels have been found to have no classification certificates,’ the Russian Federal Agency for Consumer Rights Protection (Rospotrebnadzor) said in a press statement.
The agency said it had inspected more than 12,000 hotels to find some 1,500 administrative violations. Fines to a total sum of six million rubles (96,060 US dollars) have been imposed and 187 warnings have been issued.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 63 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.
Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The FIFA also stated that “1,698,049 tickets have been allocated to fans worldwide since sales started in September 2017, with the overall international demand accounting for 53 per cent.”
The Phase 2 of ticket sales for the quadrennial world football championship was divided into two periods, just like during the preceding Phase 1.
The first period of the Phase 2 of ticket sales was launched on Dec. 5, 2017 and closed on Jan. 31, 2018. The second period of Phase 2 dubbed as the “First-come, first served” will open on March 13 and provide sales services until its closure on April 3.
Phase 3, dubbed as the “Last Minute Sales,” will run from April 18 up until the final match day of the competition and the remaining tickets will be available for purchase on a first-come first-serve basis.
The 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned cities across Russia.
The opening match kicks off in the Russian capital of Moscow on June 14.