Business travelers with London on their itinerary need to be mindful of the Summer Olympics for the next several months and plan accordingly, according to Minneapolis-based Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT).
The travel giant said travel should be booked as early as possible to avoid disruption caused by crowds and the games. Business travelers also should consider booking hotel reservations outside of London and other areas hosting Olympic events "to avoid escalated crowds and pricing."
Similarly, travelers may want to fly into airports other than London Heathrow which at its Aug. 13 peak will see 138,000 passengers and 203,000 bags go through the terminal. CWT also advises clients to allow plenty of time for travel into London.
Demand for accommodations are likely to remain high both before and immediately after the games as companies shift business travel to avoid the Olympic congestion.
"Where possible, companies should look for alternative locations to London to avoid high prices during these months," CWT said in an advisory to travelers. "Alternatively, if a meeting is not urgent, holding it later in the year could help companies achieve savings, as prices will be lowered to try and maintain high occupancy levels following the Olympics,"
The Olympics run from the opening ceremony on July 27 until Aug. 12.
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