The Olympic flames tour unveiled

There will be 8,000 torchbearers, taking a 70-day journey that will come within ten miles of 95 per cent of Brits.

The tour will begin at Lands End on May 19 and continue on to the Olympic Stadium where it will arrive on July 27.

Every street it passes though will be plotted on an interactive map.

However it has been highlighted that 80 per cent of the flame’s tour will take place in a high security van, each torch bearer will take it just 300m on foot.

The bearers will be dressed in white and gold tracksuits designed by Adidas, sponsors of the games, which have been compared to pyjamas.

The outfits are supposed to ‘accent the energy of the Olympic flame’, however when revealed yesterday the 100 per cent polyester outfits have been called a fashion failure.

But Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he ‘thoroughly approved’ of the gold tracksuits.

They are beautiful outfits. They are lovely. They are elegant but not too austere,’ he said.

It is hoped that Stella McCartney’s design for the British tea will bring more style to the games.

Yesterday saw 7,300 people named as torchbearers after being nominated as unsung heroes of their communities.

The remaining 700 are likely to be celebrities and will be named later in the spring.

London 2012 Spectators Invited to Set New Carbon Offset World Record

Team GB Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls lead call for ticketholders to neutralise their travel carbon footprint to the games

In supporting the ambition for London 2012 to be the most sustainable Games possible, BP Target Neutral announced today that they are inviting London 2012 ticket holders, from across the world, to try and set a new world record for the most number of people offsetting their travel carbon to a single event.

In so doing, BP’s not-for-profit Target Neutral carbon management scheme is seeking to create awareness of the environmental impact of all journeys and will invite ticket holders to sign up to have their travel carbon footprint offset at no cost to themselves.

As the London 2012 official Carbon Offset Partner, BP Target Neutral will be providing the administration and funds to offset the carbon emissions from Games-related travel of ticket holders. The more people that sign up, the more Target Neutral can support low carbon development projects worldwide.

A personal invitation to participate will be emailed by The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to ticket holders on Monday, October 3, inviting them to take part in this unprecedented world record attempt.

Team GB hopeful and BP athlete ambassador William Sharman said: “I am a huge advocate of Target Neutral – reducing and offsetting our own carbon footprint is one small step to helping save the planet that we all live on. If everyone does their bit the impact will be significant – and what better way to start than by offsetting your journey to the 2012 Olympic Games in London – if every one of the spectators signs up for BP’s not-for-profit scheme in just a couple of clicks millions of people will be making a real difference.”

What will the riots mean for London tourism and the Olympic Games?

Over the last few days images of London riots have been shown across the world. As the violence and looting calms down, thoughts are now turning to fears of the city’s tourism suffering severely just a year ahead of the Olympic Games.

Only seven miles from the Olympic Stadium, the rioting broke out in Tottenham where there was wide spread crime, burning buildings and vehicles.

Visit London says it is too early to anticipate the effect the violence will have on visitor numbers but said it was monitoring the situation closely.

Coverage of the riots in the international press, lead Germany to issue travel advice to its citizens, telling them to exercise ‘special caution’ in the wake of the troubles.

Its travel advisory stated: ‘Travellers should also look to the media to keep themselves informed about the latest developments and act in an appropriate fashion locally.’

In India, the editor of the country’s Lonely Planet magazine told his Twitter followers to avoid coming to the UK at all.

Vardhan Kondvikar said: ‘Violence has now spread to Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Liverpool.

‘Try not to travel to the UK this week if possible.’

And Latvia went a step further, advising citizens to avoid parts of Britain and ensure they have health and life insurance policies.

Sweden, Denmark and Finland quickly followed its lead by issuing safety advice to stay vigilant and keep an eye on local media and British websites for safety updates.

It has also been highlighted that the violence in the city will now leave London trying to defend the safety of the Games, according to the New York Times.

The respected paper stated: ‘With the Games set to begin in barely 12 months, Britain will have to satisfy Olympic officials that there is no major risk of the Games being disrupted, or ruined, by a replay of the rioting.’

A spokesperson for the 2012 Olympics insisted perspective visitors to the Games should not be deterred,  telling TravelMail: ‘We have already made detailed security reviews with the police and the Home Office and will continue to do so in the run up to the Olympic Games.’

Thomas Cook Guarantee Seats at the London 2012 Games

With London 2012 fans now knowing if they’ve been successful in the ticket ballot, Thomas Cook, the travel company that offers holidays worldwide and Official Short Break Provider of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, continues to offer guaranteed seats at the Games.

A spokesperson for Thomas Cook UK & Ireland said, “Last week was our busiest so far – with people unlucky in the ballot visiting our website, calling our hotline and visiting our stores to secure themselves a seat at the Games.

“Although some events are selling out we still have limited availability in some of the most popular sports that have been oversubscribed in the ballot, as we continue to guarantee the public tickets and hotel rooms to this once in a lifetime event that simply aren’t available to purchase separately.”

To date, Thomas Cook’s most popular breaks are for one night with one or two events with the most popular sports being athletics, gymnastics, volleyball, and water polo.

Thomas Cook’s Games Break Plus option, which guarantees some of the best events tickets available, includes stays at London’s top hotels – many of which are not yet available to book separately for July or August 2012 – and a host of exclusive offerings, such as a fully hosted service, meals at quality London restaurants and private coach transfers.

For further information or to book any of the below breaks:www.thomascook2012.com or Going Places store:

Beach Volleyball – £99 per person27th July 20121 night at the 2 star Ibis London HeathrowBeach Volleyball – Cat E tickets Shooting & Hockey – £249 per person29th July 20122 nights at the Budget Travelodge Covent GardenMen’s Shooting Ground Pass – Cat A Tickets & Men’s Hockey Cat D tickets Basketball & Trampoline Final – £279 per person2nd August 20122 nights at the Budget Travelodge SouthwarkMen’s Basketball – Category D tickets, Men’s Gymnastics Trampoline Final – Category E tickets Athletics & Volleyball – £294 per person8th August 20121 night at the 4 star Holiday Inn Heathrow M4Athletics & Men’s Volleyball Quarter Final – Both Cat D Tickets Diving – £299 per person10th August 20121 night at the 4 star Holiday Inn Heathrow M4Men’s 10m Diving Platform Prelims – Cat C Tickets – Code 1135 Water Polo & Beach Volleyball – £359 per person29th July 20122 nights at the 3 star Express by Holiday Inn Park RoyalMen’s Water Polo & Beach Volleyball – Cat C Tickets Athletics & Beach Volleyball – £669 per person2nd August 20122 nights at the 4 star Marriott Marble ArchAthletics – Cat B Tickets, Beach Volleyball Round 16 – Cat B Tickets