The Eurovision fan who's flat booking in Liverpool was cancelled and relisted at £20,000 says he's "worried" he might not fulfil his "dream" of seeing the competition come to the UK.
Connor Gregory, 23, said he booked the flat via Booking.com a few months ago, when Liverpool was announced as a potential host city for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
In the hours after that was confirmed this weekend, the flight attendant from Southampton shared screenshots of messages from the host who told him "the property will no longer be available" on the dates he booked.
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Subsequent screenshots showed the property would cost £20,295 for a five-night stay from May 15 to May 20, 2023.
It also shows that the dates he's originally booked, May 12 to May 15, are now unavailable. At the time of writing, Booking.com shows that any night from May 1 to May 28 costs £4,500 for two adults.
Connor told the Daily Star that he's still "dealing" with the issue with Booking.com.
On Twitter, he said the website told him the host "cannot cancel my booking until I have".
He has been to watch Eurovision before, but has always wanted to see it come to his home country.
The last time it did so was in 1998 following Katrina and the Waves' victory with Love Shine A Light the year before.
Connor told us: "I went in 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal and the prices weren’t like this at all. I stayed in a decent hotel in the city centre, it must have only been about €300 to €400 for the same amount of time, for three or four nights.
"I am a little bit worried that I can’t go because, as a UK Eurovision fan, it’s always been a dream to see it come to the UK. And also, it’s nice that we’re doing it on behalf of Ukraine because we came second.
"So I am a little bit worried that I can’t go, because it’s [accomodation] is all sold out in Liverpool, and it would be difficult to stay in Manchester with trains and stuff."
Booking.com told us: "At Booking.com we understand that there is huge interest and excitement around the Eurovision Song Contest coming to Liverpool in 2023.
"While hotels and other accommodations are in complete control of the availability and prices they list on Booking.com, if a customer does have any issues with a booking then our customer service team is available 24/7 to support.
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"This is a great opportunity for properties in Liverpool to showcase their City and be part of ensuring all fans have a positive experience, which starts when they book their accommodation at a great rate.
"We always actively monitor for any fraudulent activity and can take action as needed, including suspending or removing a property from our platform."
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