The Tourism Minister, John Penrose, has said that hosting the Olympics in 2012 may well put tourists off from coming to Britain.
Penrose is of the view that normal tourists will assume that the country is either full or "closed" during this period.
He is right in so far as he goes. However, the real deterrents to tourists during this period are:
1 The rip off prices and lousy service of London's restaurants, hotels, bars and tourist destinations.
2 London's lousy transport infrastructure.
Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics