Park Plaza Hotels in London Offers Rooms for 2012 Olympics

Park Plaza Hotels, a brand from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has reported that rooms are available at its properties in London for the 2012 Olympics Games commencing in London, from July 27, 2012 until August 12, 2012.

The company owns five luxury hotels in London, the Park Plaza Victoria London, Park Plaza Riverbank London, Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes London, Park Plaza County Hall London, and Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London. The hotel brand is offering rooms for rates commencing from GBP329, for the 2012 Olympics period, without any stay restrictions.

Greg Hegarty, the regional general manager of the brand, said, ‘We know that many people have written off coming to London this summer after reports of over-inflated room prices, lack of availability and poor location but we’re hoping people will now reconsider and stay at one of our five centrally-located properties.’

Earlier in May 2012, Travelclick, a US-based company that offers ecommerce solutions for the global hotel industry, had reported that average hotel occupancy in London for the Olympic period was 55.4 percent, although room rates had increased by around 65 percent more than for the same period last year.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) had earlier released around 12,000 hotel rooms held back for their use, making it possible to still book a room at an affordable price during the games.

While summer visitors to London averages around 1.5 million every year in August, the British Hospitality Association is estimating that around 294,000 additional visitors are expected to visit the city from abroad, and 587,000 from the UK itself, throughout the period that the games are taking place.


Wales Gears Up For Olympic Torch Relay

The Welsh town of Monmouth, in the UK, is preparing to receive the Olympic torch as it reaches the town today.

The Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan, said, ‘The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay is Wales’ moment to shine, and a chance to showcase the people and places that make the country great. Over the next five days, the Olympic torch will be carried by around 550 runners along more than 300 streets in Wales and provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the Games as a country.

I congratulate the many deserving people across Wales who have been selected to play their part in the celebrations. I look forward to seeing everybody join together to celebrate their communities, rally behind our athletes, and show the world all the great things that Wales, and the whole of the UK stands for. On arrival of the Olympic torch and the beginning of the Welsh leg of the torch relay, that the event will shine a light on the places, people, values and traditions of Wales.’

Ms. Gillan will be attending a torch relay reception today, at the Shire Hall in Monmouth, arranged by Monmouthshire County Council.

Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets in celebration of the Olympic spirit, as Hazel Cave-Brown-Cave, 44, from Raglan, will carry the torch through the town’s streets. Hazel is an athlete and runs fundraising marathons for Bobath Cymru, and has recently completed treatment for breast cancer. She will share the torch relay with another athlete, Robyn Tyler, 21 from Monmouth.

Commenting on the Olympic torch relay, Hazel said, ‘It is a real honour for me to be carrying the torch and I still find it very hard to believe that I have been chosen from the many people nominated.’