KIEV, April 12 (Xinhua) -- UEFA president Michel Platini on Thursday expressed his concerns over high accommodation prices in Ukraine during Euro 2012 soccer championship.
"We are a little worried about a price increase in the Ukrainian hotels. But I hope that the Ukrainian authorities will resolve this issue," Platini said during a joint press briefing with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Borys Kolesnikov in the host city of Lvov in western Ukraine.
Platini has urged Ukrainian authorities and hotel owners to take a rational approach towards prices not to loose visitors and revenues this summer.
Kolesnikov, who is also Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister, promised to solve the issue within next five days.
The hotels that raise prices will pay more tax, Kolesnikov said.
Ukrainian hoteliers have raised accommodation prices for Euro 2012 by 5 to 10 folds, according to Ukrainian analysts.
The average cost of a double hotel room in Kiev during this period will be from 500 to 1000 U.S. dollars a night, while the price of the most expensive rooms in five-star hotels near stadium reaches up to 4,000 dollars.
The place in hostel costs from 100 to 150 dollars per night, while the tents at a campsite going for 50 to 100 dollars.
Euro 2012 is scheduled to take place in Ukraine and Poland from June 8 to July 1, with a total of 1 million fans expected to see it.