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London 2012 aquatics centre nears completion. Travel companies warn: flight taxes are too high!

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As the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games get closer, Liz Johnson the Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer has laid the final tile in the Aquatics Centre competition pool. There is a total of 180,000 tiles line the 50m competition and training pools and the diving pool. The next stage is to fill the competition and diving pools.

The Aquatics Centre construction is progressing swiftly and the schedule suggest that it will open as planned this summer in time for Test Events. The ceiling lining is complete with more than 30,000 individual sections of Red Lauro timber.

The stadia currently has two temporary seating stands each weighing 1,600-tonne that will provide the additional seats required for the Games. These are structurally complete and wrapped with seats about to be fitted. The bespoke curved concrete diving tower, with six diving boards, is complete and almost 600,000 tiles have been laid in the pools, surrounding areas and changing rooms.

Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive Dennis Hone said: “The Aquatics Centre is on track to be a great sporting stage for the world’s best athletes in 2012. After the Games it will become a fantastic new flexible and accessible facility for swimmers and divers of all ages and abilities.”

After the Games the Aquatics Centre will become a 2,500-seat venue providing two 50m swimming pools with moveable floors and separation booms, a diving pool and dry diving area for community and elite use.

With the games drawing closer, Britain will be host to thousands of tourists and visitors who will be coming to watch the sport spectacle, they will be traveling from across the globe to the UK and it will surely be a magnificent occasion.

However travel companies are warning the government that high flight taxes could have a detrimental effect on the amount of people travelling in to the country for the Olympics next summer.

The UK has the highest air passenger duties in Europe and so this could potentially put many people off coming. With hoteliers raising their prices to almost three times more the normal rate, in some cases, then it will be an extremely expensive trip to London. Obviously some people will travel to the Olympics anyway, despite the cost. UK residents will be able to take day trips to see some events or just stay for a small amount of time. However, travellers from abroad will want to make the most of their journey and stay for a significant period of time. With hotels being so expensive and then the high cost of flights on top, they may just decide not to bother.


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