The real Olympic winners

Stat of the day: 31% - The amount the number of people travelling into London will increase during the 2012 Olympic Games.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 02 Mar 2012
After all the speculation about the Olympics' impact on tourism, head honchos at City Hall will breathe a sigh of relief when they spot this one: the number of tourists coming into London will increase by just under a third during the Olympic Games, according to travel technology firm Amadeus. Apparently, 143% more tourists will arrive on July 26, the day before the Games begin, compared to the same day last year.  

Germans and Americans are apparently the most enthusiastic, with a surge in bookings of 11% and 82% respectively. Perhaps most interestingly, the number of bookings to destinations that have rail links to London, such as Paris and Brussels, have also jumped – which suggests those coming over for the Games want to get in a little European tourism while they’re here…  

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