RV rentals up in anticipation of Winter Olympics
High hotel prices are causing some Olympic spectators to turn to RV rentals as a more affordable way to enjoy the games in Vancouver.
Canada's Fraserway RV Rentals says rentals during the month of February are up 80 percent compared to the same month last year, according to RV Business.
Fraserway's Bernie Lehmann says winterized RVs available for Olympic game rentals cost between $200 and $300 per night, and can accommodate up to six people.
Some RV parks near the Olympic venues still have availability as well. Sites at Whistler RV Park, for instance, are being offered at a rate of $135 per night for full hookups and shuttle transportation from the park. Vancouver has also opened up two of its state parks for RV camping during the games.
Tourism officials in Vancouver say hotel rooms that they thought would be booked up by now are still available, but at a premium price.
"I can tell you that there is availability, that there are hotels even in the downtown core that do have rooms," said Walt Judas, vice president of visitor services with Tourism Vancouver, told RV Business.
Judas said hotel rooms in downtown Vancouver start at about $300 per night. Rooms in Whistler can range from $400 to $1,200 per night.