Olympic Games 2012: Hotels

Olympics written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she plans to seek to increase the availability of hotel accommodation in London for the duration of the London 2012 Olympics.

Photo of Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (London), Minister (Cabinet Office) (Also Minister for Olympics and Paymaster General)

"Winning: a tourism strategy for 2012 and beyond", published in September 2007 by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in conjunction with VisitBritain and VisitLondon, identified the challenges to be met in order to maximise the economic benefits for the tourism industry from the London 2012 games. Key strategic aims are to increase the number of UK hotels accredited for quality; and to improve industry awareness of the needs of travellers with disabilities.

Currently, London has around 100,000 serviced accommodation rooms and recent research by VisitLondon estimates some 12,400 new rooms will open in London by 2012, with another potential 9,500 to be confirmed. VisitLondon will work with London's hotel operators to ensure new developments and upgraded hotels provide accessible accommodation.

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