The official Olympic Games have been hosted in one of the World’s capital cities every 4 years since 1896. The next Olympic Games will be held in 2012, and the honour of hosting the games has been granted to London, England.
With 26 sports involved in London 2012, including sports such as judo, swimming and table tennis, there is plenty of variety for sports fans to choose from. Applications for tickets have now closed, but the allocation process is yet to take place, so applicants in the UK and worldwide wait anxiously to see if they are lucky enough to get a ticket to watch their favourite event.
With our without a ticket for the Olympics, London will still be a great place to visit in 2012 as the atmosphere will have a festival and celebration vibe to it. There are still test event tickets available, and also 70,000 volunteering opportunities, plenty of official merchandise to be bought and no doubt unofficial merchandise in tourist shops throughout London.
There are plenty of places to visit in London, and plenty of cheap London attractions so you can still be a part of the buzz in town even without a ticket for the games. There are also plenty of places to stay in London to be in amongst the Olympic crowds, from humble guest houses to 5 star hotels, there is something to suit every budget, although early booking is recommended.
The Olympics Games are expected to bring millions of extra people in to London and be a fantastic boost for tourism in these troubled times. It’s likely that as the city is expected to be so busy during the Olympics games period, restaurant and service owners will be taking advantage of this and hiking up their prices to capitalise on the increase of visitors. There are is however a way to avoid this, by purchasing restaurant vouchers from Kelkoo Select London ahead of your visit. This way you will guarantee that you won’t go over your budget or even worse go hungry.
In terms of travelling to the games, the official word is that visitors are strongly encouraged to use public transport, walk or cycle to the events. A lot of investment has gone in to creating special travel card tickets, coach services and park and rides to help visitors get around safely and easily at London 2012.