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Third of London hotel rooms empty for Olympics as 'normal' tourists stay away
The Telegraph ^ | June 5, 2012 | Thomas Harding

Posted on 06/05/2012 10:56:24 AM PDT by C19fan

The boom to the economy that the Government hoped the Games would bring to the capital appears to become a bust with tens of thousands to tourists spurning the hiked prices, congestion and heightened security. While bookings for July and August are down by 35 per cent on last year other European capitals appear to be prospering from London’s gloom.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: london; olympics
Praise the Lord that Chicago was rejected by the IOC to host.
1 posted on 06/05/2012 10:56:32 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

I wouldn’t go just because I wouldn’t want to deal with englandistan’s population at present.


2 posted on 06/05/2012 11:01:00 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: C19fan
Later in the article examples of hotels raising prices 100-300% are given. Live by the gouge, die by the gouge.
3 posted on 06/05/2012 11:02:37 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: C19fan

I used to look forward to the Olympics, but I don’t even watch it anymore. The Commie Media and their propagandizing, OVERcoverage of everything has ruined what used to be a singular event.

It is SURE, once again,to be a festival of political correctness, inclusiveness, diversity, manufactured, dramatic storyettes, trumped up “triumphs over adversity”, “reality” vignettes, and in general, Leftist political commentary led by the smarmy, self-satisfied midget Bob Costas.

Kicking the ass of your opponents? What’s that?


4 posted on 06/05/2012 11:04:14 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: C19fan

We made a one-night stopover in London a couple of weeks ago while en route to Dover for a cruise. Due to the Queen’s Diamond Jubiliee and Olympics, prices were astonishingly high. If I’d known that in advance I’d have made very different plans. The devalued dollar plus British profiteering will keep American tourists away.


5 posted on 06/05/2012 11:05:18 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: EyeGuy

The biggest turn off is how so full of themselves the IOC has gotten and the costs involved. The UK is paying $15 billion to host the games, I am not sure if that includes security costs, when it cannot afford to build ships for the Royal Navy.


6 posted on 06/05/2012 11:10:17 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: KarlInOhio

hotels raising prices 100-300%....?

I can skip that!....Cheers mate!


7 posted on 06/05/2012 11:13:06 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: C19fan

I grew up in SE London. We went over to London in April to see my daughter who lives there now. The traffic is appalling. I cannot imagine what it will be like with many out-of-towners struggling to get across the city in their cars. Tourist tend to stay central and don’t have cars. The only hope is that they effectively suspend the congestion charges.
As to the price gouging, it is the same the world over. Caveat emptor. It is one of the prices of a free market economy. God forbid they have a Blumenthal solution to the problem.


8 posted on 06/05/2012 11:21:59 AM PDT by bjc (Check the data!!)
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To: C19fan

Glad I stood in Shakespeare’s steps, but been there, done that. Never again. Too many other neat places to be.


9 posted on 06/05/2012 11:23:11 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: C19fan
The same thing happened in Atlanta when we had the misfortune of hosting the Olympics. So many people here just knew there'd be millions of people desperately hunting for a place to stay. They turned out regular renters expecting to be able to gouge the Olympic visitors. Those folks should do their homework, because there just aren't that many attendees to the Olympics.

Atlanta even spent millions of dollars for TV cameras all over the place ... most of which are inoperative now.

10 posted on 06/05/2012 11:27:31 AM PDT by GingisK
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To: EyeGuy

You nailed it for me. When it became more about what personal things the Olympian had to overcome, rather than their sport and performance, I tuned out.

When I was a kid, I had to refuse to accept a bowling trophy when the team my mom and I were on won it, because it would have jeopardized my ability to compete in the Olympics as an amateur. Now pros can compete.

I loved the amateur status aspect of the games. Now it’s just like watching professional sports. The whole mystic is gone.

Used to be you’d watch the kids walking in and get real pride. Now you watch the pros walk in and fell more shame than pride.

I remember Magic Johnson and crew playing for our basketball team against nations with young kids who weren’t professionals. I was never in my life more ashamed of an aspect of our national image.

Magic outperforming some kid from Nigeria, now there’s real class.


11 posted on 06/05/2012 11:35:57 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: EyeGuy

When that bomb in Atlanta didn’t go off and kill a hundred people, you could see the dissappointment in Costas’ face. Little bastard thought he was gonna be the next Jim McKay.


12 posted on 06/05/2012 11:44:05 AM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: EyeGuy
It is SURE, once again,to be a festival of political correctness, inclusiveness, diversity, manufactured, dramatic storyettes, trumped up “triumphs over adversity”, “reality” vignettes, and in general, Leftist political commentary led by the smarmy, self-satisfied midget Bob Costas.

One tip: avoid the flagship NBC channel and stick with watching events on the "overflow" channels. They tend to do a much better job just showing the sports and not trying to turn the event into a 2+ week chick flick.

13 posted on 06/05/2012 11:50:12 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: bjc

I was in London in May for ten days and had a very good time. I didn’t even think about getting a car and got around fine on the Tube. Weather could have been nicer but overall not bad. The food though, yes, it was bad.


14 posted on 06/05/2012 11:57:06 AM PDT by LiveFree99
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To: freeangel

Good.

We wouldnt want to deal with someone’s whose grasp of the UK is so ludicrous.


15 posted on 06/05/2012 12:07:55 PM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: C19fan

We are in the process of building the two new aircraft carriers.


16 posted on 06/05/2012 12:09:58 PM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: DoughtyOne

Yet the 92 Dream Team are lauded in the US.

I agree with you. That team was always going to win. I never saw what the hype was about. The 1980 Lake Placid team is REAL American heroism: college kids, not pros.


17 posted on 06/05/2012 12:11:52 PM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: LiveFree99
I was in London in May for ten days and had a very good time.

After the first time I went to England, I'd rent a car at the airport and take the M4 west or the M1 North. It might make a difference that I already live in a city. Went to a lot of places where I never heard an American accent.

18 posted on 06/05/2012 12:14:55 PM PDT by Stentor ("All cults of personality start out as high drama and end up as low comedy.")
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To: LiveFree99

Oh, the food isnt that bad.

Ok, English food is not the best, and even in the UK, Scottish and Irish and Welsh produce and meals are usually better, but it dosent deserve the pasting it gets from the US.

I was in London six weeks ago, and had fine food, from a ‘greasy spoon caf’ to the (three star) hotel restaurant.


19 posted on 06/05/2012 12:14:55 PM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: DoughtyOne

I prefer the Winter Olympics, because for the most part, because of the nature of the sports involved, with the exception of Hockey, it is for the most part still mostly amateurs.


20 posted on 06/05/2012 12:19:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: the scotsman

Hell

Where the food is British
The cars are French
The police are German
The lovers are Swiss

And the whole thing is run by Italians


21 posted on 06/05/2012 12:20:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: the scotsman

Absolutely, you nailed it with that contrasting example.

Very good call.


22 posted on 06/05/2012 12:21:34 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: the scotsman

BTW: Here was a guy out screwing around on his wife, got AIDS, and then the rest of us were supposed to feel sorry for him. I was sorry he contracted the malady, but come on guy...

When they mention the 92 Dream Team, I think the 92 Nightmare.


23 posted on 06/05/2012 12:23:34 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: C19fan

I would like to see the 2012 Olympics be a success for the British people. I like Britain, and would be saddened to see this Olympics turn into a fiasco for them.

The gouging goes on when ever there’s going to be a popular event. This really isn’t anything new.


24 posted on 06/05/2012 12:25:49 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: the scotsman

English food and English women are both very wrongly degraded.

Both are more than fine by me.


25 posted on 06/05/2012 12:27:47 PM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: the scotsman

I’m sure there are good restaurants in London but darned if I could find them. The two good meals I had were in a Chinese seafood place and a middle eastern joint. The three Indian places were disappointing, with food inferior to what I get every week two miles from my workplace. Thumbs down as well on the fish and chips places I tried. After a couple of days I gave up on breakfast and bought fruit, pastry, and soy milk instead. Lunch was a sandwich or wrap and usually pretty decent. English chocolate was good, as was Costa’s coffee.


26 posted on 06/05/2012 12:29:58 PM PDT by LiveFree99
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To: dfwgator

That’s an interesting point. I have tuned out so much that I hadn’t given that much thought. it’s a good point. There’s still the background seven minutes for sports that take less time to perform in though. Can’t tell you how much of a put-off that is for me.

I just DO NOT get into the touchy fealy aspects of it. We all have certain burdens to bear in life. Spare me yours. (not you) Please!

Evidently they thought more women would tune in if they made it a blubber-fest up front. They sure drove me away.


27 posted on 06/05/2012 12:30:00 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: DoughtyOne; EyeGuy

” I loved the amateur status aspect of the games. Now it’s just like watching professional sports. The whole mystic is gone.

Used to be you’d watch the kids walking in and get real pride. Now you watch the pros walk in and fell more shame than pride.

I remember Magic Johnson and crew playing for our basketball team against nations with young kids who weren’t professionals. I was never in my life more ashamed of an aspect of our national image. “

Yep. I’m done with it too.


28 posted on 06/05/2012 12:42:52 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: LiveFree99

Can’t get decent fish and chips in London. This is a well-known fact throughout the rest of the country!


29 posted on 06/05/2012 12:44:45 PM PDT by Mitch86
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To: DoughtyOne
The most compelling aspect to the Olympics, in their golden age of broadcasting, was the Free world vs. the iron curtain, our fresh-faced college kids versus their dour, joyless robots. And the freaks of nature that were the East german "women."

Most of that is gone.

30 posted on 06/05/2012 12:56:10 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Remember the old compliment..

...more balls than an East German Gymnast?


31 posted on 06/05/2012 1:02:04 PM PDT by 11Bush
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To: Stentor

I’d like to get out into the countryside, after I see what I want around London.


32 posted on 06/05/2012 1:13:03 PM PDT by LiveFree99
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To: the scotsman

Have fun at the “Games”.


33 posted on 06/05/2012 1:26:04 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Mitch86

Sad if true. A tour guide recommended “Poppies” for F&C in Whitechapel but I didn’t have time to get there.


34 posted on 06/05/2012 1:27:40 PM PDT by LiveFree99
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To: Trailerpark Badass

A few years ago there was a documentary about the former East German women athletes, very sad story, a lot of them died of cancer, or are facing major medical issues from all of the doping.


35 posted on 06/05/2012 1:29:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: C19fan
The boom to the economy that the Government hoped the Games would bring to the capital...

Ah, so hard drugs have been legalized in the UK and even the government is on them. Seriously, what was the last time hosting the Olympic games was a boon for the host, never mind an economic boom?

Only the utterly corrupt IOC and all its cronies, functionaries, and "affiliates" are making a killing on the games.

36 posted on 06/05/2012 1:38:30 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: LiveFree99

The only ones i’ve had that were even half-decent were from a place on Borough High Street just down from the London Dungeon. The best fish and chips in the country, and thus the world, are from a little “chippy” in Whitby on the Yorkshire coast. The queue regularly stretches out of the door and down the road during peak times. Quite, quite wonderful :)


37 posted on 06/05/2012 2:27:26 PM PDT by Mitch86
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Sad too, because there’s so much potential for good concerning the Olympics.


38 posted on 06/05/2012 2:41:03 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

There’s a lot of truth in that.


39 posted on 06/05/2012 2:42:03 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: DoughtyOne

” Sad too, because there’s so much potential for good concerning the Olympics.”

Yep. I have a lot of good memories of past Olympic events.

Nice, clean fun.


40 posted on 06/05/2012 2:45:36 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Mitch86

Thanks for the info, and the Whitby shop is on my bucket list.


41 posted on 06/05/2012 6:18:42 PM PDT by LiveFree99
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To: EyeGuy

I’ve had no interest in the Olympics since the Cold War ended; it was a non-violent proxy war between “us” and “them”. Now they’ve become us, and we became them; I no longer look at anything “American” as having any relationship to me at all.


42 posted on 06/05/2012 6:22:31 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: dfwgator

Update that to “the lovers are American”.


43 posted on 06/05/2012 6:32:43 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: DoughtyOne

They have been going overboard with fear of terror and prep wackiness. Probably keeping some people away. Wall Street Journal had an article about it.


44 posted on 06/05/2012 11:06:40 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson

I’m sure that plays into it, no doubt.

I was also thinking this evening that we don’t really know how this measures up to other Olympics.

Are all hotel rooms generally booked by now? There is still time.


45 posted on 06/05/2012 11:50:45 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: LiveFree99

If you want to find good food, in Britain as more or less anywhere else, you don’t find it in the honeypot tourist destinations, where overpriced mass catering serves the lowest common denominator. Get out of London into the country, and with not a great deal of effort you will find food as good, at most levels of the gastronomic heirarchy, as anywhere else. The transformation of standards over the last few decades has been remarkable: not only the cooking, but also the quality of the ingredients. Of course, as everywhere else, it’s still possible to eat badly - but that’s no longer the norm, and hasn’t been for some time.


46 posted on 06/06/2012 4:52:56 AM PDT by Winniesboy
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To: dfwgator

Every one of the criteria in that over-quoted quatrain is now false - with the possible exception of the Swiss lovers, for whom I cannot vouch.


47 posted on 06/06/2012 4:56:59 AM PDT by Winniesboy
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