Finding A Hotel In An Emergency,
Some taxi hailing services were criticised for exploitative surge pricing following the London Bridge terror attack. I am curious as to how hotels in an affected city respond to a crisis. After all, in a modern booking system, where rates are adjusted dynamically this can be monitored. This is not a scientific test as no business will show their price before increase or the upward percentages, if any. Price increases are understandable during a natural disaster though.
For example, I saw many hotels shuttered during the annual monsoonal floods. Price surged when supply was reduced. Some continue to operate by hiring electric generators. Online booking becomes unavailable with internet services cut off. Many staff were also stranded at relief centers or stuck at home when roads became inaccessible. In some places the lobbies were covered or submerged in mud. How can they accept credit cards when there were no phone lines to do authorization or how can they provide you with potable water when everything is cut? It was strictly walk in or boat in,
So who goes to a hotel in a city facing a terror attack or disaster? Many journalists, first responders, investigators, emergency rescuers and public who got caught up unexpectedly or were stranded due to lack of transport, curfew and other unforeseen circumstances.
In a war, a hotel can be a temporary safe haven or shelter. But not always as hostile forces may target it. Melbourne was under terror-linked siege a few hours ago. since deals and offers are dynamically generated according to current day, let’s see how Melbourne hotel prices fare here:
Please send link or book for a friend, colleague or relative who may need your assistance, IF phone contact is available. Stay safe.
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*pic of great southern hotel melbourne by booking dot com