BTN Europe presents an overview of business travel and MICE predictions for this year
Virtual, 25 February 2021
ExCeL London - 22-23 June 2021
LONDON 2012 is now well on track with momentum building up, but nothing really visible until after Beijing 2008. The management of the massive operation has been broken down into two distinct segments, bothsharing offices in Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, where looking to the north, they will be able to see the whole vista of the main Olympic site unfurl over the coming years (as our artist impression shows). The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), headed by Sebastian Coe, is responsible for the preparation and stagingof the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in other words the actual sports. It is the interface with the International Olympic Committee.The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the public body responsible for ensuring delivery of the new permanent Games venues, and the total infrastructure and transport into the site for athletes, officials and the media. Jack Lemley, former chief executive of Transmanche-Link, the consortium of five British and five French companies responsible for constructing and equipping the Channel Tunnel, is chairman. David Higgins is chief executive, his CV including MD of the Lend Lease Groupin Australia who developed the Olympic Village and Aquatic Centre for the Sydney Games in 2000, as well as Bluewater in Kent, Europe's largest retail and leisure complex. The project is immense. On the transport side it takes in the road infrastructure including cars, buses, coaches and private hire vehicles; the airline industry and airports including executive and general aviation: trains, both Eurostar style and Transport for London; cruise ships who will moor in the Thames and smaller shipping and private yachts; with the whole of the main Olympic area criss-crossed with rivers and canals, the marshalling of small boats and canal craft will also prove to be a Herculean task.