by Sam Jaction
The 2012 London Olympic Games will not only be one of the biggest events the UK has ever hosted, but will be one of the biggest events the world has seen, too.
Watched by potentially billions around the globe, the games are expected to bring in massive amount of wealth to the UK and showcase our the nation’s best bits. The majority of cities in the country will undoubtedly feel the presence of the games, even if they are not participating directly.
London of course will be the focal point of the event; hosting the majority of sports in some of its newly build venues as well as some other older, more familiar ones.
For those coming into the UK for the games however, the size and spectacle of the event is bound to be overwhelming. From getting visas, booking hotels, landing at Heathrow and collecting tickets, this isn’t exactly a walk in the playground.
That’s why the need to accurate and up-to-date travel information has never been greater. As well as showing off what we Brits can do, we also have to be great hosts; explaining the tube system, being patient with change handling, and so on.
We can’t have expectations that tourists will know how the buses work just as much as we can’t assume that they know where they’re going most of the time. It’s easy to forget what we’re like abroad too.
Thankfully there are plenty of rich resources available to London newbies that will help them navigate the streets and understand the customs of the UK.
There are thousands of websites and books offering up information about where to go, where to stay or what to see. We’ve also got plenty of tourist information outposts in the capital too.
Importantly, we shouldn’t forget that we also have each other. Ordinary people on the street will prove just as valuable a resource as the information available online when the tourists finally hit London in their droves this summer.