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London Olympics: Hotel rooms released but lessons learnt from Royal Wedding

By Peter Ruddick , 08-Feb-2012
Last updated on 08-Feb-2012 at 10:38 GMT2012-02-08T10:38:25Z

Ahead of the Olympics the London 2012 organising committee LOCOG released a number of hotel rooms but experts have told BigHospitality the industry has learnt lessons from the Royal Wedding and occupancy will still be strong
Ahead of the Olympics the London 2012 organising committee LOCOG released a number of hotel rooms but experts have told BigHospitality the industry has learnt lessons from the Royal Wedding and occupancy will still be strong
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In January the announcement the London 2012 organising committee (LOCOG) was releasing rooms sparked fears hotels might not be as full as hoped, so a week later BigHospitality spoke to those in the industry to see if hotels were reassessing expectations and how they were preparing for the Olympics.

This short piece of audio features interviews with Chloe Couchman, head of communications for business & major events at the capital's promotional body London & Partners, as well as London Malmaison's general manager, Anthony Thwaites and Jonathan Ragget, managing director of Red Carnation hotels, who told BigHospitality in November he was not expecting full hotels during the games.

The three hotel experts gave their views on if hotels were changing occupancy expectations or modifying room rates, how lessons had been learnt from previous host cities and other events like the Royal Wedding and how they were preparing logistically for the Olympics and the time after London 2012.

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