Swine flu hits room bookings

May 14, 2009

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Concern in China and Japan over swine flu has cost SFU more than $30,000 in cancelled event and guestroom bookings for the months of May, July and August and could cost tens of thousands more if the scare continues, says residence and housing director Jan Flagel.

"We’ve had three cancelled bookings for the summer semester—one from a group from China and two from Japan," says Flagel, who notes that the Japanese government has imposed a ban on travel to Canada for students and government employees.

Every summer the Burnaby campus rents out as many as 727 single rooms, 220 four-bedroom townhouse residences and 14 hotel rooms to convention attendees, regional sports groups, English-as-a-second-language (ESL) camps, academic visitors and national and international tourists.

Flagel hasn’t yet seen a drop in regional bookings for sports events but says the deadline to confirm these bookings isn’t until early June.

Summer guest accommodations raise more than $1 million annually, which helps to defray residence costs for students during the rest of the year.

Rental accommodations at SFU are affordable, with single rooms plus a shared bathroom renting for just $37/night plus taxes. Townhouses, which sleep four, rent for $175/night plus taxes. A hotel room with queen bed is $91/night plus tax; with both a queen and double bed the price is $113/night plus taxes.

For information on room rentals call 778.782.4503 or visit


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