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Lake District National Park executive is hopeful about 2012

Posted by Freddy Morton

Drivers and those who own accessories and equipment for your camper van such as a 12v television may be interested to hear that parks in the Lake District have high ambitions for the London Olympics in 2012.

This is according to an announcement from the Lake District National Park Authority chief executive who has suggested that the Olympic Games will help to attract a vast array of tourist to the north-west of England for overnight stays as well as days out.

Richard Leafe said: "When the Olympic torch passes through the Lake District on June 21st, the relay and the evening spectacular Lakes Alive arts event on the Glebe at Windermere will put national media attention on us."

He added that although campsites, parks and local businesses in the area are facing tough times due to the economic downturn and the lack of tourists, the torch relay is sure to attract people to the locations for the rare and symbolic sight.

The coming 12 months will be difficult for the tourism industry, Mr Leafe explained, but parks will show resilience to the tough times ahead.

According to the official Olympics website, the torch will be carried through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK and 95 per cent of people will come into close contact with it.