"Business is worse than at this time last year," said a receptionist at
a 22-room hotel in Beijing’s Chongwen district, where rooms cost $28 a
night. "It’s the season for traveling and last year the hotel was full.
The Olympics should have brought business to Beijing, but the reality
is too far from the expectation."
Many of the events are not very crowded, so:
To remedy the problem, officials are busing in teams of state-trained
"cheer squads" identifiable by their bright yellow T-shirts to help
fill the empty seats and improve the atmosphere.
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