Britain is putting on its best hat to welcome the 30.7 million travellers expected to visit the country this year, starting with celebrations to countdown the 100 days until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Celebrations commencing 18 April around the nation include cast members from every West End show currently on in the capital converging at Trafalgar Square to perform a ‘West End warm up’.
A giant sandcastle has also been built to mark the occasion on Weymouth beach, where up to 15,000 visitors a day will enjoy the Games’ sailing and other sporting events for free.
An expected 700,000 visitors will converge on London and the 34 Olympic venues will come to life with over six million public tickets on sale.
Destinations such as Wimbledon (tennis), Lord’s Cricket Ground (archery), Horse Guards Parade (beach volleyball) and Hyde Park (triathlon/ open water swimming) complement eight venues constructed for the games and housed within Olympic Park.
Travellers are already ensuring they have prime position to access these venues, with London accommodation already heavily booked.
Sarah Styles from VisitBritain in Sydney told e-Travel Blackboard that while London will be a hub of activity, those travellers who have not yet secured accommodation should look at the possibilities of outer London and travelling into the city venues.
“While London is the hub, there are events on all over the country,” Ms Styles said.
Not all events require a paid ticket either, with numerous free activities and events throughout the country for those people wishing to participate in the Games festivities without actually attending the sporting events.
Public transport is expected to be well utilised during the Games with travellers urge to book early on regional trains to avoid missing out on a seat. The popular Oyster Card is recommended for travel in London zones on all buses, tubes and ferries.
While the Games are still 100 days away, those travellers who can’t wait can still expect a bumper list of events in the lead up to the games. The London 2012 Festival which began back in 2008, is running events through to 9 September, including the World Shakespeare Festival, Damien Hirst retrospective and Cate Blanchett performing in Sydney Theatre Company’s production Big and Small.
Keep an eye on e-Travel Blackboard for all the latest on the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W