How do you think the Olympics will influence British tourists? Will you rather stay at home and enjoy the games, travel abroad to escape from the madness or just arrange your holidays earlier or later?
Message posted by trisa on 01áDecemberá2011 at 3:05pm - IP Logged
Not sure on this one. If you're going to watch it on TV you can either take a couple of weeks off and watch it in your living room or watch it in a bar in Corfu - tough choice.
Our original decision was to splash out on Olympics tickets rather than holiday this year. At the Athens Olympics we rented a house and saw ten events over a five day period. As London is only 35 miles away by train we applied for a total of fifty tickets for sixteen events. Our final allocation, two tickets for the canoeing slalom. Not so bothered about the Olympics now!
Message posted by maggy on 01áDecemberá2011 at 5:09pm - IP Logged
I would imagine the police and emergency services may not be able to take holiday leave when the games are on, but, I think one would have to be very well off to buy tickets for a whole family to see the games---or a letter from God.
Families I suspect will go to Corfu as usual in school holidays.
I know where we'll be and it wont be in an overcrowded city paying astronomic prices for hotels and transport.
I think Corfu will win hands down in my honest opinion
Message posted by daveyh on 01áDecemberá2011 at 6:21pm - IP Logged
I'm just 30 miles out and if I lived in more than a small 1 bed house I would rent it out and go to Corfu on the proceeds.
If I worked in London I definitely would as they are predicting travel problems at busiest times.
Message posted by Wynne on 01áDecemberá2011 at 6:23pm - IP Logged
Ironically, it may not be over-crowded. I read somewhere that travel operators expect visitor numbers to be well down as those not interested in the Olympics but who might normally visit are avoiding London for that three week period.
Listening to all the bad news, perhaps some may regard taking a couple of weeks off to sit in the garden and watch wall to wall sport on the TV as a cheap alternative to a holiday.
Message posted by Viv D on 01áDecemberá2011 at 8:19pm - IP Logged
Maggy - I know where we'll be and it wont be in an overcrowded city paying astanomic prices for hotels and transport.
Totally Agree Maggy. I would much rather be on a nice beach with a Taverna sitting just behind me. Put a canoe out there on the sea and I will row it up and down the beach - my contribution to the Olympics.
Daveyh - I'm just 30 miles out and if I lived in more than a small 1 bed house I would rent it out and go to Corfu on the proceeds.
I remember when we first heard that UK had been picked to do Olympics we were in Zante. One of the Taverna owners said to us - Will you be looking forward to going to the Olympics in London - my words back were "I would rather rent my house out for the two weeks and come over to Greece for a holiday on the proceeds" he told me I had a good business head on my shoulders. LOL.
Message posted by caramc64 on 01áDecemberá2011 at 9:37pm - IP Logged
We are actually in Corfu when the games start. I had not given them much thought when booking which is a shame as we like watching the opening ceremony. But will be back for the closing one. Oh well maybe next time :)
Message posted by Wynne on 02áDecemberá2011 at 2:01am - IP Logged
To give another perspective, who knows when the Games will be in Europe next? If you are fortunate enough to have tickets it is a fantastic international event and something you will never forget. We have been to all sorts of sporting occasions - football cup finals, tennis, cricket test matches, rugby internationals all over Europe and athletics finals - but nothing compares with the Olympic experience. The atmosphere at all the events in Athens was fantastic. My son was ten years old and still talks about it.
If we had got the tickets we wanted we would gladly have forfeited the holiday. We could always go on holiday in 2013. The Olympics won't come back to London in our lifetime.
Message posted by kathy3 on 02áDecemberá2011 at 10:41am - IP Logged
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