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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Athens visitors to get price guides to beat profiteers

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posted on Aug, 2 2004 @ 02:22 PM
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Olympic visitors to Athens will be given leaflets indicating prices for commonly purchased items as part of measures to combat profiteering during the Aug. 13-29 Games, government officials said.

The material, to be distributed at airports and other entry points, will list typical prices for items and services including bottled water and a taxi fare along a popular route, Development Ministry spokesman Kleanthis Hatzinikolaidis told The Associated Press.

"They will be ready next week," he said. "The leaflets will list price guidelines."

Hatzinikolaidis said 200 inspectors will visit restaurants and other service outlets during August. Price controls are imposed at airports and archaeological sites.

Officials are worried that businesses may hike prices during the games following a poor start to the tourist season and hurt the country's image as an affordable holiday destination.

Greece's Restaurant Association promised Thursday to try and hold prices down during the games at some 40,000 restaurants and cafes in greater Athens, but admitted that some businesses had increased prices in areas frequented by tourists.

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