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Are you one of the 12% driven abroad when the Olympics start?

The clock is ticking! Picture by Flickr User Ben Sutherland


Over 1 in 10 Brits will be going abroad on holiday specifically to avoid the London 2012 Olympics. 12% of the 2,018 adults asked in the ABTA commissioned poll, said they would b going overseas between 27th July and 12th August to get away from the games. Whereas 9% said they were looking for a holidays in the UK that was Olympics free.

Of those who were staying put, 30% said that they ignore the Games completely, whereas 11% are planning to take time off to watch the Games on TV, and 5% will take time off to attend events. 31% said that although they will not take time off during the events, they are excited about them nonetheless.

ABTA head of communications Victoria Bacon said: “With only six months to go until one of the biggest sporting events in our country’s history, it’s clear that hundreds of thousands, especially the young, will be taking time off to enjoy London 2012. However, for those who don’t love sports or want to escape the crowds, going abroad will provide a welcome alternative.”

The research was conducted by Arkenford Ltd, which specialises in tourism and leisure market research.


So, will you be staying for the Olympics, going away, or ignoring them? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.


London Underground strikes

The London Underground employee’s union RMT has announced that members will strike four times in the space of two weeks.

The Tube worker’s will walk out on19th, 27th, 29th June and 1st July.

The industrial action has been prompted by the dismissal of colleague Arwyn Thomas and the refusal to reinstate him while he is awaiting the outcome of an employment tribunal.

London Underground claims the strikes are premature action for this case and is mystified by the union’s action; however the RMT’s general secretary Bob Crowe reacted by saying LU had “dragged its heels” which left them with no other choice.

A Transport for London spokesman said: “It is completely mystifying that, having agreed with London Underground that the tribunal process should take its course, the RMT leadership is now threatening strike action again.”

RMT drivers will strike between:

0901 on 19th June and 0300 on 20th June

0901 on 27th June and 1159 on 28th June

Noon on 29th June and 1159 on 30th June

Noon and 2100 on 1st July.



London second most unfriendly city in the world!

Paris has been named the most unfriendly city in the world, shortly followed by London in second place according to a survey byYouGov on behalf of DK Eyewitness Travel Guides.

More than a quarter (26%) of those questioned said London had the least friendly inhabitants while 29% said Parisians were worse. New York was voted the friendliest city, followed by Dublin and Amsterdam.

The survey was carried out to uncover views on world cities for the re-launch of the DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, and were revealed shortly after Boris Johnson unveiled his new ‘super agency’ to promote London to the UK and the rest of the world.

At the time, he said: “London is an extraordinary place of opportunity and without doubt the best big city to visit, study and invest in,” however this survey of over 2,000 British adults shows that visitors might be put off by the less than warm welcome.

What do you think to this? Has London been unfriendly when you’ve visited, or have you a story to the contrary?