Locog support lacking, according to ITM buyers

Nearly half (46%) of buyers believe the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) is failing to give them sufficient support and guidance on accommodation pricing and capacity, according to research published by the Institute of Travel & Meetings (ITM).

Locog support lacking, according to buyers
Locog support lacking, according to buyers

The research tallies with an concerns raised in an article by C&IT earlier this year, which found that event organisers were concerned by the shortage of hotel rooms caused by Locog’s priority booking scheme.

The ITM research also found that the majority (80%) of buyers believe that air travel is taxed too highly, which comes as the UK government prepares to increase airline passenger duty from April, with some airlines fearing it will go up by as much as 10%.

ITM, which carried out the research in conjunction with its partner body GBTA Europe, quizzed buyers on subjects ranging from airport expansion to ancillary fees.

It found that 77% of buyers are in favour of high-speed rail developments, 60% are pro regional airport expansion, while only 45% are in favour of expansion at London Heathrow, with 36% unsure and 19% against.

Mark Cuschieri, ITM board director, said: "These results provide us with a very clear indication of the buyer sentiment at this time. They want better engagement from government and NGOs who create policy affecting the business travel community as there are numerous areas of concern."

Colin Goldney, managing director of Argate Consulting, ITM Research partner, added: "There is clearly a strong voice from the business travel buyer community on certain issues at a time when our industry is becoming increasingly complex.  ITM will be able to use this research to engage with policy makers more effectively."

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