Monday, 10. March 2014 - 05:03
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Sun-seeking Britons can finally get a sunbed by the pool - after football crazy German holidaymakers stayed home to watch the Euro 2012 tournament.
Hotels in Italy, Spain, and Austria say that thousands of rooms are remaining empty because their German guests are convinced their team has what it takes to get the final.
"They're definitely later this year. German fans believe their team will do well," explained Austrian tourism official Wolfgang Breitfuss.
"So we're expecting to be empty until the end of the tournament, or whenever Germany is knocked out and then we hope they'll come back," he added.
British holidaymakers often grouse about how German tourists sneak all the sunbeds by the pool by getting up at the crack of dawn to put their towels on them.
"There are plenty of sunbeds going spare now - the British can take their pick and watch the football on our big screen TVs too," said one hotel owner.
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