Economic Impact of Olympics 2012

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economic impact of the Olympics 2012 on London The potential economic impact of hosting the Olympics is very newsworthy, and receives a lot of attention in the press and other media at a local, national and international level. The current economic downturn has placed the issue in even greater focus, as pressure on government spending, and jobs, intensifies. The budget for the London 2012 Olympics is currently £9.35bn, which includes a £2.7bn contingency fund. It has increased fourfold since Britain won the bid in July 2005. £6 billion is coming directly from government. The government announced in January 2009 that more than 30,000 new jobs will be created between 2009 and 2012. London's GDP would increase by £5.9 billion between 2005-2016 if the Games went ahead. the greatest impact in GDP terms would occur in London during the pre-Games construction period. Whereas, for the UK as a whole, the impact on GDP would be greatest over the period of the Olympics. London 2012 will make a substantial contribution to UK GDP of £16.5 billion, with the impacts occurring over an extended time period from the award of the Games to London, during the Games themselves and through much of the coming decade, and in some cases even beyond. Most of the GDP effect linked to the Games (57%) stems from construction projects occurring before the Games, including the building of the Olympic Park and the development of other sites and venues across the UK. A further 24% of the impact is due to post-Games construction activities. In addition, a 12% contribution to GDP is anticipated from Games-related tourism across the UK during London 2012 and over the first five legacy years, while spending on the staging of the event itself is expected to contribute six per cent. At its peak effect the Games will also help support and create the equivalent of more than 62,200 jobs in London

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