Olympics won't leave London at a standstill, says UK Inbound

UK Inbound is working with organisations including Visit Britain to calm fears that the 2012 Olympic Games will leave London at a standstill.

London won't be too busy during the Olympics, says Visit Britain and UK Inbound
London won't be too busy during the Olympics, says Visit Britain and UK Inbound

UK Inbound's chief executive Mary Rance also warned that uncertainty over the government's tourism strategy and aviation taxation could pose a threat to business tourism.

UK Inbound is working in partnership with organisations including Visit Britain, Visit London and ETOA to counter opinions that Britain, and particularly London, might be too busy or expensive to visit in 2012.

Rance said that tour operators have enjoyed a good summer and that the industry is in optimisitic. However, she added that barriers to growth are looming and work needs to be done to convince businesses that London can handle the Games.

"The rise in aviation taxation could seriously hinder the UK’s competitiveness, as well as uncertainties surrounding the Government’s forthcoming tourism strategy.

"The UK is completely different from previous host countries, both in terms of our ease of access and our intrinsic strengths, while the infrastructure improvements generated by the 2012 Games will make us even more attractive in the long term. We have more than enough capacity here and we need to reassure potential visitors that they can enjoy this fantastic, dynamic destination just as much in 2012, if not even more so."

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
Double sunrise: Would you book a 19-hour flight?

Double sunrise: Would you book a 19-hour flight?

After Qantas trial flight from London to Sydney lands, we ask event planners what they think.

Science Museum unveils new event space within medical exhibit

Science Museum unveils new event space within medical exhibit

Exhibition opens for drinks receptions and events amid one of the world's largest medical galleries as part of £24m refurb.

Venue of the Week: Adare Manor

C&IT's 2019 A-Listers were treated to a stay at the luxury Irish getaway on an 842 acre estate in County Limerick.

7 lessons for event planners from... the John Lewis Christmas ad

7 lessons for event planners from... the John Lewis Christmas ad

Everyone's nightmare is a fire-breathing dragon near a highly flammable Christmas tree, isn't it?

Biggest food and drink trends of 2020 revealed by hotel group

Biggest food and drink trends of 2020 revealed by hotel group

Black pepper ice cream, fermented foods and Levantine cuisine are among the culinary treats predicted to be popular.

What are Generation Z's top travel destinations?

What are Generation Z's top travel destinations?

In-depth analysis unearths the future of travel in a global survey of 10,000 young people in the US, UK, Europe and China.

Case study: Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

Case study: Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

Pop star Jason Derulo hosted the televised award ceremony at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Influx of association conferences for ACC Liverpool

Influx of association conferences for ACC Liverpool

Venue is set to host three major association conferences for the first time, while confirming return of several others.

3 simple ways to disrupt events

3 simple ways to disrupt events

Many planners mistakenly over-complicate their events, according to Scott Stratten, co-author of UnMarketing.

Answer our corporate event planner survey and win a luxury hotel stay

Answer our corporate event planner survey and win a luxury hotel stay

Complete our quick 10-minute survey to win a stay for two with Iconic Luxury Hotels and inform our State of the Industry report.

LATEST JOBS