Some Journalists Complain About Sochi's Hotels

Feb 5, 2014
Originally published on February 5, 2014 7:19 am
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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

There is an old and cynical saying about how to improve publicity for a sporting event: make sure the reporters who come are well-fed.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

When it comes to the Olympics, it may also help if the journalists are well-housed, a detail that is our Last Word In Business today. And it seems to have eluded the organizers of this year's Winter Games.

MONTAGNE: In advance of the Opening Ceremonies, journalists have been arriving at Sochi-area hotels, and they've immediately started complaining on Twitter about shabby or unfinished buildings.

Mark MacKinnon, of The Globe and Mail, sets the scene. His tweet: For those of you asking, when there's no lobby in your hotel, you go to the owner's bedroom to check in.

INSKEEP: Another tweet complained: My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says do not use on your face.

Once the water came back, the same reporter tweeted a photo of a glass of water, roughly the same yellow color as - let's say beer.

MONTAGNE: Then there's the reporter who tweeted: The reception of our hotel has no floor, but it does have a welcoming picture of Vladimir Putin.

INSKEEP: Our colleague Tamara Keith offers some perspective here, writing: If the greatest disaster of these games is a few reporters complaining about their rooms, then that's really not so bad at all.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.