VANCOUVER Feb 27 The London 2012 Summer
Olympics will see an influx of one million people visit the
capital for the 16-day sporting extravaganza, Games chief
Sebastian Coe said on Saturday.
Past summer Olympics have never attracted a similar number,
but London is a five-hour flight from several hundred million
people spread over three continents and has long been a top
European tourism destination.
When asked how many out-of-town visitors organisers expect
to visit London for the Games in August 2012, he said: "At least
a million extra people."
Speaking a day before the end of the Vancouver Winter Games,
Coe also said a mix of about 250,000 locals and foreigners would
show up at the Olympic park in East London daily.
Vancouver tourism officials have estimated that some 250,000
visitors will have travelled to the western Canadian city by the
end of the Olympics, 75 percent of whom are Canadians.
While Vancouver is bursting at the seams, its geographical
location -- some five hours by flight from the country's other
major cities of Montreal and Toronto -- meant it could only
attract from a relatively small pool of people in the United
States and Canada.
Also, Winter Olympics are much smaller than Summer Games,
which regularly attract several hundreds of thousands of people.
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