Surrey's Olympics opportunities

Diana Roberts, tourism and marketing development manager, Guildford Tourist Information Centre talks about the 2012 Games effect on Surrey

Surrey's Olympics opportunities
Surrey's Olympics opportunities

What are the C&I opportunities for Surrey during the Olympics?

The Olympic Cycle Road Race and the Torch Relay are bringing the focus on Surrey more than ever before. There are a large number of pre-Games training camps in the area giving us the opportunity to showcase not only our sports facilities such as Guildford Spectrum and Surrey Sports Park but also our hotels and accommodation.

Are there any new developments in Surrey?

Two venues opened in Guildford in October- the four-star Radisson Blu Edwardian has 183 rooms, seven conference spaces, two restaurants, a spa and a gym. Next door is G Live - a 1,000-seat entertainment venue with meeting rooms and break-out space.

What are the biggest C&I challenges facing the county in the run-up to the Olympics?

The economic downturn has meant that business has become more 'last minute', with short lead times. The challenge is going to be managing that last-minute rush of bookings.

What are you most looking forward to?

The high profile that Guildford and Surrey will enjoy this year. Guildford and Surrey are within such easy travelling distance from Heathrow, Gatwick and London that it's the ideal place from which to explore the whole of South East England. There are some excellent venues in the heart of the peaceful countryside, yet only 40 minutes from London - events in 2012 will enable us to showcase this.

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