Officials in the Soviet Union are still unclear about how many people will visit Moscow for the Olympic Games.
GV TILT DOWN EXTERIOR of Hotel Cosmos, Moscow, with lake in foreground
GV INTERIOR Large hotel foyer
SV Bedroom with two beds, television and lounge room (2 shots)
SV Hotel receptionists and staff dealing with a customer (2 shots)
SV Hotel restaurant
SV PAN Self service food counter, as guests fill their plates
CU Misha, symbol of the games, PULL BACK To barman mixing cocktails
GV PAN Indoor swimming pool
SV Guests using indoor bowling alley (2 shots)
CU Fur hat PULL BACK TO GV Jewellery and hat counter
CU Bear PULL BACK TO Shelves to toys
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Background: Officials in the Soviet Union are still unclear about how many people will visit Moscow for the Olympic Games. Originally half a million visitors were expected and special arrangements were made for accommodating them. But in the wake of the American-led boycott of the games, it seems likely that only that number will occupy the newly-built hotels.
SYNOPSIS: The 25-storey high Hotel Cosmos is the most spectacular evidence of Moscow's preparations for a tourist invasion from the West. The huge foyer is on a scale with the rest of the hotel, which can accommodate 3,700 guests.
The hotel's 2,000 rooms have been open for almost a year and each is connected to an international telephone system.
The Cosmos is close to the television centre installed for the games and many of its guests were expected to be employees of international broadcasting companies.
But it is unlikely that the four restaurants in the Hotel Cosmos will be full during the games, as many nations have cut back their television coverage as a result of the boycott. The American N.B.C. network and West German television have withdrawn their representatives and both the major British broadcasting organisations have reduced their planned coverage by more then half.
Staff at the Cosmos have been specially trained to deal with foreign visitors as have thousands of others connected with the Olympics.
The luxurious indoor pool has four saunas attached. Everything, including the bowling alley, has been completed in time for the games opening on 19 July.
The normal number of western visitors to Moscow during a summer month is about twenty thousands. So, despite the reduced estimates, the capital will still receive an unprecedented influx of tourists. And the authorities are hoping for a return on their investment by the sale of souvenirs and local products, including the inevitable toy bears.