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High prices scare tourists away from central London

08-02-2012 07:30 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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London Mayor Boris Johnson has acted to fill empty seats at Olympic venues by handing out free tickets to local schoolchildren.

But it was empty streets and empty shops in the centre of the capital that had Johnson on the back foot, as he was quizzed over why customers were staying away. He was forced to concede that business in the main shopping area, the West End, wasn’t as brisk as everyone might have hoped. Many businesses blame the London Mayor, along with London transit bosses and games organizers, for scaring people away from central London.

Many hotels in London were fully booked for the Olympics, especially those receiving members of the International Olympic Committee or sponsors. But many others in the city say the occupancy is even lower compared with July last year. Some hotels in Central London had increased the prices between 30 to 100 percent and had to go back to the normal, or to promotional prices, to attract customers.

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