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Countdown to 2012 London Olympics - CNBC Special Report - CNBC Europe

IN FOCUS:

THE GAMES:

  • Could Drought Hamper Olympics? Friday, 2 Mar 2012 | 6:09 AM ET
    2012 Olympic Rings Unveiled at St Pancras International Station

    Concerns have arisen about water supply and possible restrictions to water usage to the London region as the Olympics get underway this summer after the government declared the region was officially suffering from a drought.

  • Quitters Never Win Sponsorship Game Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 7:01 AM ET
    Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    Olympic sponsorship must be a long-term commitment and the cost will almost certainly outweigh the benefits if it is not partnered with "œactivation" or marketing activities such as the launch of a new product, experts say.

  • Is Investing in Infrastructure Profitable?     Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 3:40 AM ET

    Stuart Corbyn chairman of Qatari Diar Delancy, told CNBC, "we have made this investment because we believe it is a worthwhile investment in the long-term, it is an exciting area and it will be even more exciting in the years gone by."

  • Games Employ 40,000 in Construction Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 1:33 AM ET
    A detailed view of the prototype design of the new golden Olympic torch during its unveiling at St Pancras Station on June 8, 2011 in London, England. 8,000 torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame around the UK during the 70-day relay, which starts at Land's End in Cornwall on May 19, 2012.

    Ten percent of the 40,000 construction workers employed for the 2012 Olympic Games were previously out of work, according to a report by the Olympic Development Authority (ODA).

  • London Looks for Men With Rhythm     Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 4:40 AM ET

    Anchors Steve Sedgwick and Geoff Cutmore display their rhythmic skills ahead of London 2012.

  • London Transport Troubles Feared Friday, 2 Dec 2011 | 11:17 AM ET

    With an extra three million journeys a day on London’s already crowded public transport system expected during the three weeks of the 2012 Olympics, London's commuters could have more to moan about.

THE COMPANIES:

  • Summer Olympics Earn Nike a "Buy" Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 2:48 PM ET

    While the reaction to Nike’s third-quarter earnings were mixed, Sam Poser of Sterne Agee contends the Olympic summer games will send shares back up.

  • Olympics Energy Firm Sees Growth     Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | 3:45 AM ET

    Rupert Soames, CEO of Aggreko, told CNBC, "Europe did better than one might think, our revenues in continental Europe were up 12 percent, but as a group the underlying revenue growth was up 22 percent because we had a huge year in 2010 for major sporting events."

  • Will Games Benefit UK Companies?     Friday, 29 Oct 2010 | 6:50 AM ET

    A Deloitte survey shows that two-thirds of large companies expect no impact from the London Olympics. “Businesses need to look and plan now,” Sally Atkins, program director for London 2012 at Deloitte told CNBC.

  • Benefiting from the Olympic Games     Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 7:50 AM ET

    “We’ve seen our turnover double in the last year,” Adam Cash, director of Touch of Ginger told CNBC as the small business joins others to benefit from the Olympic Games.

  • Opportunity at Westfield Games Site     Friday, 10 Sep 2010 | 6:50 AM ET

    “This is a regeneration of a new metropolitan center for London and East London…we’re really there because of the market fundamentals. We see East London as a huge opportunity,” Westfield Europe managing director Michael Gutman told CNBC.

  • Links of London Looks to Olympics     Friday, 3 Sep 2010 | 6:50 AM ET

    Links of London unveiled two new collections as part of its role as an official licensee of London 2012 Olympics. Xenia Carr-Griffiths, president EMEA of Links of London, spoke to CNBC about the collections.

THE COUNTRY:

  • Games Fuel Increase in Travel Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 9:41 AM ET

    Bookings for travel to Britain around the time of the summer Olympics have jumped, helping to dispel fears many tourists would stay away during the Games, a study showed on Thursday.

  • Olympics Under Budget: UK Minister Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    Preparations for London’s 2012 Olympic Games remain on time and under budget, the UK’s Minister for Sport and the Olympics said in a quarterly report released on Tuesday, with more than 500 million pounds ($793 million) of contingency funds as yet untouched.

  • Cyber Attack Top Threat for Olympics? Monday, 6 Feb 2012 | 6:32 AM ET
    2012 Olympic Rings Unveiled at St Pancras International Station

    Terrorists combining a cyber attack with physical violence are the biggest security threat facing the 2012 Olympics, a digital forensics expert told CNBC.

  • Olympics to Showcase Britain     Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 6:50 AM ET

    The London 2012 Olympics can be used to showcase Britain and attract foreign visitors, Patricia Yates, director of strategy and communications at VisitBritain, told CNBC Friday.

NEED TO KNOW:

  • Homeowners Cash In on Games Friday, 3 Feb 2012 | 7:14 AM ET

    London is home to some of the world's most opulent hotels, but with five-star rooms in short supply during the Olympic Games this summer; wealthy visitors are increasingly turning to private homes to meet their accommodation needs.

  • London’s Luxury Olympic Rentals Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 12:18 PM ET
    London is home to some of the world's most opulent hotels, but with five-star rooms in short supply during the Olympic Games this summer, wealthy visitors are increasingly turning to private homes to meet their accommodation needs.An estimated 500,000 extra visitors will travel to London for the Olympic Games this year, and with the majority of city's top hotels fully booked or charging extortionate rates for their very best rooms, renting a beautiful home in one of London's most desirable distr

    London is home to some of the world's most opulent hotels, but wealthy visitors are increasingly turning to private homes to meet their accommodation needs. Here are some of the best.

  • Visitors Flock to Londoners' Homes     Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 3:47 AM ET

    Greg Marsh, co-founder and CEO at One Fine Stay, told CNBC, "we describe ourselve as being half way between a boutique hotel and a holiday letting agency, in a sense that we take peoples private homes while they are out of town and make them available as an alternative to a hotel for visitors into the city."

  • Cleaning Up the Olympics     Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | 6:50 AM ET

    Clean Event Property Services Group provides cleaning and waste management services to the sports and leisure industry around the world. The group has provided their services at 4 Olympic Games. Tom Gibbons from CE Property Services Group told CNBC the project is very big and detailed.

  • Progress on Olympic Stadium     Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 | 10:00 AM ET

    Progress is well underway on the 2012 Olympic Stadium. "Weâ??re 70% completeâ?¦this time next year weâ??ll be handing over all these facilities to Seb Coe and his team so that they can start their trial events," John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, told CNBC.

  • Golf, Rugby Sevens the New Olympic Sports     Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 6:50 AM ET

    Golf and rugby sevens have been added to the Olympic schedule for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday. Mike Laflin, chief executive of SportCal, discusses how the sports will fare if they are included.

  • London Olympics: 1,000 Days to Go     Friday, 30 Oct 2009 | 7:50 AM ET

    Saturday marks the start of the 1,000-day countdown period until the London 2012 Olympics. Jonathan Edwards CBE, Olympic Triple Jump gold medalist & LOCOG Board member, and Suzi Williams from BT look ahead to the games.

  • London Olympics on Track: CEO     Friday, 31 Jul 2009 | 8:20 AM ET

    Monday marked the 3-year mark for the London 2012 Olympic Games. "Things are very much on track," Paul Deighton, CEO of LOCOG, said. While the infrastructure has been paid for by the taxpayer, the cost of running the Games is funded privately through ticket and merchandise sales and raising sponsorships, he added.

Slideshows

  • Europe's Paper Tigers Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 12:32 PM ET

    The new, formerly communist European Union members are beginning to be a burden for their Western neighbors as foreign capital dries up.

  • London Alternative Fashion Week Friday, 24 Apr 2009 | 11:44 AM ET

    Designers emphasized the importance of fashion meaning something during the current recession and suggested consumers will focus on uniqueness and affordability which is what they offer.

  • London G20 Protests
    By: Kim Khan
    Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 9:47 AM ET
    Tens of thousands of people voiced their anger at the world economic crisis in London's financial district Wednesday, one day before a summit by leaders of the G20 countries in Europe's financial capital. Protesters accused bankers of "robbing" the economy and a few hundred people smashed the windows of the Royal Bank of Scotland, whose CEO retired last year with a big pension despite the fact that the bank was nationalized to be saved from collapse.Four different groups tried to organize one la

    Thousands of people voiced their anger at the world economic crisis in London's financial district, one day before a summit by leaders of the G20 countries in Europe's financial capital.

  • UK Budget Top Highlights Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 | 8:37 AM ET

    Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling predicted that the economy would contract at a rate of 3.5 percent in 2009, with a fall of around 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter.

  • Which Oil Producers Are Making Money? Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 6:07 AM ET
    Algeria's oil minister, Chakib Khelil is the president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    The following is a list of oil prices needed for the nations to avoid having a budget deficit in 2008 and 2009 (as compiled by the IMF).

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