The Olympic Games Legacy: “The Best of British Hospitality”
As the spectacle of the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony can to an end, the quality of British hospitality was commended by IOC President, Jacques Rogge.
He paid homage to the 2.4 million people who work in British hospitality, saying that they had “shown the world the best of British hospitality.”
He also said that the world would “never forget the smiles, the kindness and the spirit of the wonderful volunteers, the much-needed heroes of the Games.”
The Olympic Games have shown off Britain as a feel-good destination and it is hoped that a lasting legacy to the UK economy has been secured.
“We must now harness this success and the worldwide visibility that the Games have given us to spread the message that the UK is very much open for business and has a fabulous welcome to offer everyone this year, and in the future,” explained British Hospitality Association chief executive, Ufi Ibrahim.
“Providing over 16m meals during the Games was a major undertaking and the British hospitality industry rose to the challenge magnificently.”
Ibrahim urged the industry and the government to build on the success of the Games to create a sustainable legacy for young people in Britain.
“BHA pledges to work with government to realise the huge opportunities that Britain’s hospitality industry offers young people and future generations.
“In particular, it offers a magnificent career for the many volunteers who showed such an aptitude for hosting members of the public during the Games.”