Earlier this week Prime Minister David Cameron held a meeting at the Olympic Park to discuss how every part of the UK can take full advantage of the Olympic and Paralympics Games, giving the UK a chance to sell itself to an international audience.
To maximise the benefits of the Games it was agreed that MP’s would visit local businesses, schools and organisations to see how they are benefiting from the 2012 Games and what preparations are being made.
Speaking of the visits by various cabinet ministers David Cameron explained why visits were going ahead saying: “As we kick off 2012, the year of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Diamond Jubilee, this is the perfect time for the Cabinet to come together and ensure we are doing absolutely everything we can to make the most of this unique opportunity to showcase all the great things the UK has to offer to the rest of the world.”
One of the main visits that took place was by transport secretary Justine Greening visiting Gatwick Airport to see how their investment of £1 billion will be used to improve facilities for visitors of the Games.
Justine Greening spoke of her visit to Gatwick saying: “Our airports will play a key part in the success of London 2012, providing for many the first impression of the country.
“I welcome Gatwick's commitment to invest £1 billion on improving facilities which will benefit visitors to the Games, but will also be something that passengers and travellers to the UK can benefit from for many years to come.
“The Olympics can be a real boost to jobs, businesses and tourism and I am determined that transport will play a full part.”
The benefits of the Games is a boost for local tourism and jobs while the Olympics are happening and since 2008 £6.39 billion worth of contracts have been given to over 1500 businesses in the UK, something that is vital at the moment with jobs being difficult to get. Hosting the Games this year will put the United Kingdom at the centre of news and television broadcasting around the world boosting the economy substantially.
With just seven months left until the opening ceremony which is expected to be watched by millions of people, construction is 95% completed with the project being on time and within the budget that has been set.
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By Amanda Bainbridge