Security issue won’t dampen enthusiasm

The recent terrorist attacks in London will not dampen the impact on C&I business in the run-up to the Olympics, predict key industry figures. "The timescales of the two events are very different and they should be treated separately," said Visit Britain head of business tourism Jeremy Brinkworth. Around £143m was allocated to security for the Games, but this will now be increased significantly in light of the bomb attacks in London on 7 July. First Protocol director Richard Waddington believes the experience of New York following the destruction of the Twin Towers demonstrated that business does go on. "If New York hadn’t endured those attacks then I think we would be facing a bigger impact," he said. "If the attack on London turns out to be a one-off strike, then the impact will be minimal. People still need to have meetings and London remains a worldwide business hub, especially now that it has won the Olympic bid."

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