While there have been mixed reports on final visitor figures to London and hotel occupancy levels over the Olympic period, London is faring better than previous Olympic host cities, according to the European Tour Operators Association.
The Egyptian State Tourist Office is proud to announce their participation in the Africa Village during this year’s London 2012 Olympics. For the very first time in the history of the Games, the 53 African NOCs(National Olympic Committees) are hosting the Africa Village at Kensington Gardens throughout the Olympic period.
London has celebrated the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, as thousands of tourists from around the world arrive in the city. Despite last minute price drops, many hotels are seeing record occupancy levels, with virtually all the tickets for two weeks of sport sold out ahead of time.
With the London 2012 Olympics here, a pitch battle is being fought between supports of the event and those who would have had it called off before it has even begun. Here Breaking Travel News takes a look at some of the arguments on either side.
Having visited over 1,000 communities around the UK and celebrated the achievements of just over 8,000 torchbearers to date, the Olympic Torch Relay has travelled the River Thames to conclude its 8,000 mile journey. Four times Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent carried the torch earlier this morning, before it concludes its journey at the Olympic Stadium in east London.
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was in London earlier for the launch of the country’s new international campaign for tourist promotion. Addressing a ceremony held at London Film Museum on the eve of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Rousseff said: “The Games here in Britain are set to be the best organised ever, but we will do our homework, and see if we can go one better again!”
John Penrose, the tourism and heritage minister at the department for culture, media and sport, has a busy time ahead of him with the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony kicking off tomorrow. Breaking Travel News catches up with the conservative MP to discuss his expectations and plans for the Games.
The International Olympic Committee has awarded the BBC in the United Kingdom to its next five events. This includes the 2012 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
Saudi Arabia has confirmed it will be sending two female athletes to the London 2012 Olympic Games, meaning every National Olympic Committee will now be represented by women at the event. The decision to send Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani (judo, + 78kg) and Sarah Attar (athletics, 800m) follows earlier confirmation by Brunei Darussalam and Qatar - the only other NOCs yet to send female athletes to the Games - they would also have female athletes competing at London 2012.
The Active Travel programme has introduced free cycle parking and guided walks to venues to help spectators get to the London 2012 Games. As part of the programme Olympian Mark Foster is encouraging people to get active by walking or cycling to their London 2012 venue.