Accommodation in Canberra to be tight as Obama visits (2)

10:19, March 17, 2010      

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"The Obama people will be fine because they booked well ahead of everybody else and although the dates have changed slightly, they still fall within the window that was originally outlined," he said.

"Everybody else though will have to be quick. MPs and their staff coming back unexpectedly and tourists that haven't booked for the masters will find it very difficult if they don't book now. But there are a few rooms available across the city and across most price ranges."

The Government confirmed Tuesday that getting federal politicians and their staff housed next Thursday was difficult because of the late changes to the President's itinerary.

Parliament is only likely to be recalled for Friday and only for the President's speech.

Obama will fly into Canberra on next Thursday evening to dine with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

The next day he will meet Governor-General Quentin Bryce, hold bilateral talks with Rudd and join in a number of short ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Australia-U.S. alliance.

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