Ontario Summer Games economic boost making London hotels happy – The London Free Press

With the Ontario Summer Games next month, not only are venues preparing, but so are hotels, restaurants and more.

The estimated impact on London’s economy is about $6 million.

“It’s good for London. It will expose people across the province to London,” said John Winston, Tourism London’s general manager.

Winston said the impact is based on a combination of things and it also depends on what people will do with their spare time outside of the Games.

The $6 million boost is good news to the city’s hotels.

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At the Delta London Armouries Hotel, the Games have been good for business, said sales director Dave Bartlam.

“Reservations are pretty strong,” he said, adding there is still availability and he expects additional Games-related reservations.

“It’s positive for the city and it’s positive for us,” he said.

The Park Hotel on Pall Mall Street has seen a pick-up in reservations, said Leanne Smillie, sales and catering co-ordinator.

“There are definitely people coming to town for it,” she said.

With London hosting back-to-back Games, Winston said the economic impact for the next Games in 2020 should be similar to this year’s event. As a result, London’s economy is expected see a boost of $12 million for hosting two Games.

By supporting more infrastructure projects in the city, there would be more opportunities to host different events, Winston said.

“All it does is put London into a positive light,” he said.

London has hosted large sporting events in the past, such as the World Figure Skating Championship and the Memorial Cup. Both had large impacts on the city’s economy, Winston said.

This year’s Ontario Summer Games will run from Aug. 2 to 5, featuring 21 sports and more than 3,400 participants including youth athletes ages 12 to 18, coaches and officials.

All events, including the opening ceremony at TD Stadium on Aug. 2, are free.

Fast Facts

The Ontario Summer Games run August 2-5, 2018
More than 3,400 participants, including athletes, coaches and officials
1,500 medals to be won
More than 1,100 volunteers
21 different sports
25 different venues across the city, including Western University, Fanshawe College, Labatt Park and the Canada Games Aquatic Centre
$6 million is estimated as the economic impact from the games
All events, including opening ceremonies, are free to attend