Some Journalists Complain About Sochi's Hotels

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In advance of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, journalists have been arriving at Sochi area hotels. And they've immediately started complaining on Twitter about shabby or unfinished buildings.


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.


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.

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