Hotels and lodges in Mutare are fully booked ahead of the Zanu PF congress which begins on Thursday.
The conference will run for three days up to Saturday.
Some unscrupulous lodge owners have increased their rates to cash in on conference delegates desperate for accommodation.
Visitors and tourists to Mutare are finding it difficult to secure accommodation in lodges and hotels surrounding the city.
Top Zanu PF officials are expected to be staying at hotels in the city and surrounding areas such as Bvumba and Penhalonga.
Other delegates coming for the congress will be housed at Mutare Polytechnic College, Mutare Boys’ High School and Mutare Teachers’ College.
Management at Holiday Inn, Mount View Hotel, Christmas Pass, Inn on the Vumba, Leopard Rock and White Horse Inn said they were all fully booked for the duration of the conference.
At one hotel outside the city NewsDay witnessed a Zanu PF official trying to secure accommodation for about 600 people, but was turned down as the hotel had only 14 beds.
A hotel employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said all their rooms had been taken, adding:
“A lot of people are making enquiries but we are turning them down because we are fully booked.”
Some landlords cashing in on the conference have also turned their houses into lodges and are charging rates of between $40 and $50 per person per day.
“I have converted my house into a lodge so that I can also make extra cash during the congress period,” said one house owner who refused to be named.
More than 10 000 people are expected to attend the annual conference and these include foreign diplomats.
The conference will be held at Marymount Teachers’ College.