We Brits a well known for at least one thing. We like to complain. Hopefully we have other more positive attractions. Take the weather, for instance. It is always too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, too windy or too whatever. You get the picture?
Now in true British style we have complained that the London 2012 Olympics is adversely affecting retail and tourism in "the smoke" aka London.
This may or may not surprise you but apparently the influx of visitors in London for the Olympics has not improved trade. In fact far from it. It seems that the opposite is true.
There may be plenty of tourists in town to visit the Games but normal tourist trade is down. Whether it was bad press pre the Games, the fact that people are generally less affluent these days or that most people assumed London would be heaving with visitors, and stayed away, is unclear. All that is certain is that normally packed tourist haunts such as Oxford Street and the Natural History Museum have experienced less visitors. West End theatres have reported a similar trend.
This is of course bad news for the economy. Many believe it is always a trade off when you host the Olympics. It was reported that Athens Greece experienced similar problems.
If the host city is not usually swamped with tourists then the Games are good for the economy. Athens and London are used to having a high number of tourists, especially in Summer, so this has not been the case in such Capital cities.
The bonus will be for those who fancy a late deal to the capital. Most hotels are reporting many vacant rooms which have caused them to cut prices drastically. Getting around the capital will be easier than predicted during the Olympics and perhaps even easier than during the Summer normally.
Shop around online for the best deals.
London is open for business, and that is not just Olympic business. It has a wealth of attractions, events shops and good deals just waiting for you.
Perhaps planning an early Christmas shopping trip to London may not be as silly as it sounds. With bargains to be had you could beat the crowds and bag a bargain to boot.
If the situation does not improve all of the potential money gained by way of the Olympics will be meaningless compared to the money lost in the City. That will be bad for the economy and all of us in the end.
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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