Olympics (Domestic Tourism)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) 10:30 am, 9th February 2012

My hon. Friend is right that there has been concern. I am pleased to say that the LOCOGLondon Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games—block booking, which was instigated some time ago, has released a tranche of rooms so there is now more supply on the market. The marketing campaign that I just mentioned is aimed at producing good value “20.12% off or better” accommodation offers not just in London, but in the London travel-to-work area and other parts of the country, so that people can get into London to view Olympic events if they want to.

If they do not want to attend the Olympics but want to visit other parts of Britain instead, there will still be great offers for them to use.