Olympics could hit tourist hotspots

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The Olympic Games will only provide a short-term boost to businesses in London, according to investment manager Brewin Dolphin.

Travel and leisure companies which rely on consistent tourism may be ‘hurt’ by the effect of people changing plans because of the Games, the company said.

It says the Lake District complained that the Games were going to cost it ‘millions’ in lost sales and added that businesses should now assess how the event will affect trading.

It says tourists to the capital may be put off by travel chaos and potential terrorist threats and that some people had changed their holiday plans.

A study by the European Tour Operators Association found that the Olympics had a negative effect on tourism in Greece or Sydney, said Brewin Dolphin.