Brits plan to holiday during the Olympics

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

A number of Brits are planning to holiday in the UK this year, with a view to visiting the London Olympic Games. In contrast though, many are hoping to escape the Olympic buzz altogether.

According to the latest research from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) 40% of the British public are expected to take some time off, whether at home or abroad during the Olympic Games.

The Games run from 27th July to 12th August, which is one of the busiest times of the year for travel.

The ABTA poll found that 31% of people will not take any time off during the 2012 Olympics because they are ‘excited about them’. However, 30% of people plan on ignoring them. A further 12% of people said they intend on going abroad specifically to avoid the Olympic crowds and 9% are planning on holidaying in the UK as far away from the Olympic fever as possible.

"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, “said Victoria Bacon, Head of Communications, ABTA.

”However, for those who don't love sports or want to escape the crowds, going abroad will provide a welcome alternative," she added.

The poll found that over a quarter of Londoners are expected to change their holiday plans as a result of the Olympics, yet 77% of those polled said they would be staying in the UK during the two-week period of the Games.

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