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Olympic Games will not cause a boost in UK visitor numbers

29 December 2011

Britain is unlikely to enjoy any boost in the number of tourists visiting the country next year – even though 2012 will see the country host two of its biggest events in decades.

Both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, in June, and the Olympic Games, in July and August, will light up the UK calendar in 2012 – but neither of these big moments will produce a significant boom in holidaymakers from overseas, according to VisitBritain.

The UK tourist authority has forecast that 30.7million visitors will head to Britain next year – roughly the same number who are recorded as visiting over the last 12 months.