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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 16 December 2011 – 13 January 2012 ISSUE 570 Daily news & jobs: ‘Attraction’ hope for 2012 venues

Olympic Park venues should be promoted as a “family day out” with joint tickets and additional attractions, accord- ing to a new report from the London Assembly. Park Life has been produced

by the Economy, Culture and Sport (ECS) committee and focuses on the legacy of facil- ities such as the Velopark and the Handball Arena. Te report also investigated

the future of the Aquatics Centre and the Eton Manor hockey and tennis centre aſter the 2012 Games. It is recom- mended the four facilities are marketed as a single destina- tion open to the public for at least 80 per cent of the time. Both the Olympic Park Legacy Company

Hotel Verta includes the subterranean Spa Verta

Simon Cowell’s brother buys London’s Hotel Verta

Christie + Co has confirmed that London’s Hotel Verta, which was formerly part of the von Essen portfolio, has been sold to a pri- vate buyer for “around £20m”. According to the Evening Standard, the

It is hoped the Olympic Park will become a major tourism destination Meanwhile, both organisations have also

(OPLC) and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) have been urged to develop joint ticketing schemes by the committee.

Irish government outlines leisure spend

Ireland’s Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport have been informed of their Budget 2012 funding allocation. Current expenditure provision

for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for next year will be €786m (£672m) – a drop of €69m (£59m) on estimates for 2011. Meanwhile, the Department of

Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has been allocated €224m (£191.5m) for current expenditure and €43m (£36.8m) in capital funding.


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been asked to look into developing “com- plementary visitor attractions” near the four venues. More details:

40pc of cancers ‘can be prevented’

A new study by Cancer Research has revealed that around 40 per cent of cancers in women and 45 per cent of those in men could be pre- vented by adopting healthier lifestyles. In total, the charity estimates that around

134,000 people in the UK could avoid cancer by adjusting their lifestyles in exercising more, as well as quitting smoking, cutting down on alcohol and improving their diets. According to the report, which was pub-

lished in the December 2011 issue of British Journal of Cancer, smoking has been found to be the most important lifestyle factor causing 23 per cent of cancers in men and 15.6 per cent in women – nearly one in five of all cancers.

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Healthier lifestyles could cut cancer rates in the UK Professor Max Parkin, epidemiologist at

Queen Mary, University of London, said: “It’s clear that around 40 per cent of all cancers are caused by things we mostly have the power to change.” More details:

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70-bedroom property, located between Battersea and Wandsworth bridges, has been bought by Nicholas Cowell, brother of X Factor mogul Simon. Facilities include the subterranean Spa

Verta, which comprises a hydro-vitality pool; a sanarium; heated lounges; a steam- room; a sauna; and five treatment rooms.

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