Ah, the big question, will the Olympics boost the UK economy in 2012? Well, possibly but I’m not optimistic.
London is already the most visited city in the world, the Olympics may just substitute sport-mad tourists for regular sightseeing tourists who have decided to avoid the sky high hotel prices in favour of another year.
It reminds me of a little trip I once made to Chamonix in the French Alps where my mountain guide explained to me that although more people visited the resort in July and August, the bars and restaurants were busiest in the winter skiing months.
The summer months generally consisted of sporty tourists who spent less time filling up on “refreshments” and more time in the mountains for days on end while the apres-ski in winter attracted a different type of athlete!