Cannes feeling the economic meltdown pinch

If hotel capacity is any gauge, this year’s Cannes film fest looks to be a lot less crowded, Variety reports.
A month before the start of the fest, most key hotels along the Croisette — including the Majestic, Carlton, Palais Stephanie (the former Noga Hilton), Grand and Martinez — still have rooms available. And — sacre bleu! — some are even dropping their mandatory 12-night minimum stays during the run of the festival.
In any other recent year, trying to book a room at this late date would elicit howls of laughter, or at least a firm “non” from the reservation desk at the Hotel Majestic. With the shortest walk to fest and market venues and the best view of the famous red-carpeted steps of the Palais, the Majestic is perpetually the earliest booked property in Cannes.
And the Majestic is not alone. All the major hotels, along with smaller ones, are feeling the pinch. Even Hotel du Cap is still accepting reservation.

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