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Chinese travel agencies offer 2012 Olympics tour packages

08-22-2011 14:18 BJT

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The 2012 London Olympic Games is some time away, but many Chinese travel agencies are already beginning to prepare. They're offering an assortment of deluxe tour packages for those wanting to get all the sporting action, and bask in the sights of London.

Out of the London Olympics-related tour packages that have already hit the market, three kinds of tours are available. There's the events-watching package, sight-seeing package, and the individual free tour.

Prices range between around 20 to 60 thousand yuan. The most expensive products cover visa services, airfares, accommodation and guide services to the actual sporting events. And places are limited, with 30 people already signed up for the 60 available spots. Individual tours with flexible itineraries are also available, with all nine spots sold out.

The most expensive products cover visa services, airfares, accommodation and
guide services to the actual sporting events.

A tourist said, "I think the cost of the individual free tour is acceptable."

Wang Zhuli, manager of Caissa Touristic Group said, "We will be heavily promoting Olympic-related packages after the National Day holiday. They will cover more sporting events."

London's local tour agencies will serve these Chinese tourists after they arrive in the city. These agencies say prices of airfares and hotels will rise significantly during the Games. Some four-star hotels are quoting almost double their usual room prices. Some are concerned the limited tourism infrastructure will caused problems.

Cheng Xiaodan, Director of Ukinbound said, "The number star-level hotel rooms in London is only 60 percent of that in Beijing, because each high-end hotel in London has, at at most, just over 200 rooms. But in Beijing, almost every five-star hotel has 300 to 400 rooms."

Fortunately, there are many bed and breakfast options in the suburbs of London, which offer tourists cheaper but still-comfortable accommodation.

More good news for Olympic tourists is that July and August is sales season in Britain.

There's also a way to save on transport costs - by renting a bicycle. London will expand the city's bike-rental program during the Olympic Games, offering visitors more convenience.

The British Tourist Authority predicts the country will receive around 32 million visitors in 2012, while London will receive 5 million tourists during the Games.

An aerial view of the Olympic Stadium

Editor:Li Wanran |Source: CNTV.CN

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