Security worries mean hotel rates are low in Rome

Rare event of the Holy Year begins in Rome this week
There are growing security concerns in Rome as the Holy Year begins this week, with some media reports claiming the city is in lockdown. Holy Year takes place every 25 years or so, though the last one was in 2000.
Pope Francis declared a Holy Year, or Jubilee of Mercy, which had been expected to attract 25 million visitors in the coming 12 months.
This is a big increase on Rome’s usual incoming figures in excess of 16 million tourists per year. December has always been one of the busiest seasons for hoteliers in Rome.
However, the Italian Hotel Federation says that since the Paris attacks there have been around 20% hotel cancellations. Insiders say the drop is more like 30%.
For bargain hunters this means that rates are down in Rome, as occupancy is low compared to this time last year.
The Jubilee started on December 8, the day of the Immaculata, and will draw to a close on November 20, 2016.


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