London not seeing as many Olympic tourists as expected

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By NBC News

London not seeing as many Olympic tourists as expected

August 1, 2012 Updated Aug 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM CDT

LONDON -- There's a lot of frustration in London, but not for what you might have guessed.

Business owners are expressing their frustration over a lack of Olympic tourists.

It seems the massive tourist boom everyone was predicting isn't happening. Retailers and hotels are reporting only a minimal uptick in business.

The lack of tourist traffic can clearly be seen in central London where many of the streets are empty.

Some business owners say the doom and gloom congestion organizers forecasted kept many of the tourists away.

"Just this fear factor of coming into London - people have been saying don't go into London, it's really busy" said Hamed Patel, Manager of the Blakemore Hotel. "It hasn't been the case."

However, others believe they'll see plenty of tourists next week.

"I think the general sense of London being terribly quiet, not terribly busy is in my view overdone," said Paul Deighton, CEO of LOCOG. "I think it was slightly quiet at the weekend and I think we'll see numbers coming through now for the beginning of this week."

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