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Sydney olympic Games accommodation
Frequently asked questions about accommodation
What percentage of hotel rooms has the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) booked? Will there be enough left for the general public?
SOCOG has an obligation to find around 25,000 hotel rooms to accommodate the many people involved in the staging of an Olympic Games — such as sporting officials, technical officials, broadcasters and press. Without agreeing to that obligation, Sydney would not have been awarded the Games.
SOCOG is contracting no more than 80 per cent of rooms in hotels, leaving an adequate supply available for other Games visitors. In terms of those hotels that have contracted rooms to SOCOG, an agreement has been reached on fair and equitable prices to ensure Olympic visitors do not have to pay inflated prices.
Hotels face no compulsion to contract with SOCOG, and many hotels have chosen not to do so.
If I am travelling to Sydney during the Games, can SOCOG suggest the names of hotels I might stay in?
SOCOG is responsible for providing accommodation for athletes, officials, media and sponsors. Unfortunately, SOCOG cannot help with booking personal accommodation. To book hotel accommodation, call the hotel of your choice direct or contact your National Olympic Committee for information about tickets and accommodation.
Alternatively, browse through the Sydney section of this website for helpful suggestions or contact the Australian Tourist Commission, which can help you plan your holiday in Australia.
What other types of accommodation will be available?
If you are open to accommodation other than hotels, a range of options are available. One alternative, officially managed by Ray White Real Estate, is the Residential Accommodation Program. Visitors can choose between Homestay (vacant, furnished premises) and Homehost (hosted accommodation).
Ansett and Traveland are constructing various packages that will include travel and accommodation. Also, many people plan to stay with friends and family.
Will last-minute hotel deals be available, as they were in Atlanta and Nagano?
It is impossible to say. From all indications, a lot of people will be in Sydney from both within Australia and overseas.
Are caravan parks booked out for the period of the Games?
SOCOG has agreements with four parks — including two in western Sydney, where very limited accommodation has been confirmed for officials. It is possible the owners will allow reservations for Games-time. For further information on caravan parks in Sydney, contact any NRMA, RACQ or RACV travel centre.
Will the cost of staying in Sydney be higher during the Games?
If you have been informed by a hotel or motel that they will charge much more for their rooms during Games — time, SOCOG staff are keen to know. Please contact SOCOG with the following information:
the name and address of the hotel or motel,
the dates you stayed at the hotel or motel,
what you were charged and the fee indicated prior to your Games—time stay.
This information will be followed up by SOCOG.
I have a property that I want to lease out during the Games. Who do I need to contact?
Contact Ray White Real Estate, which manages the Residential Accommodation Program on behalf of SOCOG. They can advertise your home to people who will visit Sydney during the Olympic Games. If you would like to lease your home, or receive further information, the Ray White Sydney 2000 Residential Accommodation Hotline for Australians is 1 300 656 650. Overseas visitors should call +61 2 9262 3700.
Is anyone organising special travel/ticket packages for interstate visitors?
Ansett (the official Sydney 2000 Games airline) and Traveland (the official travel agent) are hoping to provide the opportunity for as many Australians as possible to fly to the event. Details of those packages will be announced soon. To find out more about the packages or to register your interest, contact Traveland on 132 002.
No, the bed tax has not affected the number of rooms available in the CBD during the Olympic Games. However, many hotels in the CBD had placed names on a waiting list for reservations since Sydney won the Bid and now are fully booked from those wait — listed reservations. It is possible some CBD hotels will release a limited number of rooms as the Games draw near.
Guide to accommodation in Sydney
Sydney is ready to welcome visitors to the 2000 Olympic Games, offering value for money, excellent service and the warm welcome for which Sydney is renowned.
For overseas visitors to Sydney, the National Olympic Committee (NOC) in each country appoints an operator, or a general sales agent, to package accommodation, tickets, transport and tours. Overseas tourists planning to head to Australia for the Sydney 2000 Games should contact their country's NOC. For help, consult http://www.olympic.org/family/noc/noc_list.html.
For interstate visitors, limited accommodation will be available in hotels. Other options will include motels, recreation centres, backpacker lodges, camping grounds, rented houses or perhaps relatives. Free travel on the Olympic Transport Network extends to regions surrounding Sydney, meaning visitors can better afford to stay among the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, on the beaches of Wollongong or in the forests of the Blue Mountains.
Our Accommodation Program negotiates agreements to ensure hotel-room costs during the Olympic Games are fair and reasonable. It is not a booking service for interstate and overseas visitors, but is solely responsible for looking after the pre-Games and Games-time accommodation needs of the Olympic Family, except athletes.
That includes International Olympic Committee members and staff, other Organising Committee officials, International Sporting Federations, NOCs, dignitaries, media, sponsors, technical officials, extra team officials and Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games workers.
The Rotary Club of Sydney, together with several other service organisations, ethnic community groups and churches, has set up the Athletes' Family Host Program to provide complimentary bed and breakfast for the families of athletes. The program is a nonprofit initiative aimed at involving all quarters of Sydney's culturally diverse community in hosting relatives and supporters of Games participants.
With hotel rooms expected to be in peak demand, cruise ships berthed in the harbour to accommodate corporate guests will add to the festive atmosphere.
It's not all hotels and ocean liners, though. Australians also can become involved in the spirit of the Sydney 2000 Games. Wholly Australian-owned Ray White Real Estate is managing the Residential Accommodation Program to provide private rental accommodation for visitors to the Games. Two types of accommodation will be offered under the program:
Homestay provides vacant, furnished premises to be let on a short-to-medium-term basis to sponsors, guests and groups associated with the preparation and coordination of Olympic events.
Homehost is where the normal occupier remains in residence and provides guests with bed and breakfast.
The Ray White Sydney 2000 Residential Accommodation Hotline for Australians is 1 300 656 650. Overseas visitors should phone +61 2 9262 3700.