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Ahead of the 2023 Cricket World Cup final scheduled for Sunday (November 19), hotel prices in Ahmedabad have shot up to over Rs 2 lakh for the night of the match.

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India are all set to lock horns against Australia in the World Cup final at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.

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According to a news agency PTIthe prices for several five-star hotels including Hyatt Regency and ITC Narmada soared past Rs 2lakh on the night of the match.

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“Enthusiasm for the World Cup final is not only in India, but people from abroad, including places like Dubai, Australia and South Africa, want to come and watch the game,” Narendra Somani, president Federation of Hotels and Restaurants. Gujarat said PTI.

“There are 5,000 rooms in three-star and five-star hotels in Ahmedabad, while Gujarat’s total is 10,000. The Narendra Modi Stadium has a capacity of over 1.20 lakh and we expect 30,000 to 40,000 from outside to watch the match,” he said.

Apart from that, the rates of even non-star hotels have increased up to seven times. For example, Hotel Crown, whose rates are usually Rs 3000 to 4000 per night increased their rates to Rs 20,000 per night.

It’s not just hotel rates that have risen. Abnormal flight rates are also a cause for public concern. Round trip flight rates to Ahmedabad increased by 200-300 percent.

“Due to high demand for Ahmedabad, air fares for flights to the city from almost everywhere have gone up by three to five times. Cricket fans are ready to pay the high prices to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness India playing the finals in their home country. The demand for hotels and tickets is increasing,” Manubhai Pancholi was quoted as saying PTI.

According to report i The Hindu, flight rates from Bengaluru to Ahmedabad have increased to Rs 84,000. Meanwhile, flights from Delhi to Ahmedabad will cost Rs 15,000.

Air fares have also gone up on flights from Pune to Ahmedabad. According to to Times of Indiaa one-way direct flight from Pune to Ahmedabad costs more than Rs 20,000 whereas one-stop flight fares start from Rs 17,000.

India last won the World Cup in 2011, when the country last hosted the tournament. The Men in Blue are unbeaten in the competition with 10 wins in as many games, but will face an Australian side who are on an eight-match run after losing their first two matches.

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