London 2012 Olympics: BHA gets concessions but calls for more help to kick start trade in London venues

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The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has achieved a number of concessions from the London’s Mayor’s office, to bring trade back to London during and after the Olympic Games period.

BHA has raised concern that hospitality businesses in London have been experiencing a decline in sales of an average 40%. BHA claim that the Games, have, totally disrupted normal booking patterns and claims that visitors to the Games are not acting like normal tourists.
Following the meeting with the Mayor’s office on Wednesday it was agreed that some Olympic Lanes will be released for normal traffic, in line with the ending of some Olympic events, such as Wimbledon. And Transport for London and the National Rail & Highway Agency have agreed to a major change in their messaging to reduce the amount of ‘avoid’ messages.
However, the BHA is also pressing the authorities for removal of the Congestion Charge for the remainder of the Games, that parking restrictions at the weekend should be withdrawn in the key boroughs and is asking for London & Partners and the Mayor to launch a campaign to encourage people to visit London attractions.  
The BHA, London & Partners, the Deputy Mayor, Transport for London, Westminster Council and Visit Britain will be reconvening next week to review the latest actions.

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