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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 26 NOV – 05 DEC 2013 ISSUE 620 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Protect London 2012 legacy says House of Lords


Te UK government needs to provide clear, strong leader- ship and appoint a minister with responsibility for pro- ducing legacy benefits or the positive effects of hosting the London 2012 Olympic Games could be lost. Tat is the key message of a


report published by the House of Lords Select Committee on Olympic and Paralympic Legacy, which also calls for strong and sustained cross- party co-operation to ensure lasting benefits, as well as the requirement for different gov- ernment departments to work more closely on legacy matters. Worryingly, the report enti-


social and cultural legacy; and the delivery and governance of the overall legacy. The report lists 91 recom-


London crowds line up to congratulate Team GB on their victory parade in 2012


tled Keeping the flame alive; the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy finds “little evidence” of increased participation in sport and states that there has been an uneven distribution of economic benefits of the Games across the UK.


Hull named UK City of Culture for 2017


Hull has beaten Leicester, Dundee and Swansea to been named the UK’s City of Culture for 2017. Hull, which is known for being


home to poet Philip Larkin, the Ferens Art Gallery and the Hull Truck theatre company, will follow the 2013 City of Culture, Londonderry. Councillor Stephen Brady said:


“Winning the title is a real game- changer. It will give us a platform to tell the world what this great city has to offer, transform perceptions and accelerate our journey to be a prime visitor des- tination.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=n8e2V


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Te committee makes a number of recom-


mendations across different areas sporting participation; school age sport; high performance sport; the legacy of sports facilities; the legacy for regeneration in East London; the economic,


UK hotel investment tops £3bn for 2013


Tere is an “insatiable” appetite for London hotels from foreign investors which has contributed to more than £3bn of UK hotel investment in 2013 – almost double 2012’s total and the highest since 2007 – according to estate agent Savills. Total hotel sales for the first nine months of this


year hit £2.4bn, two-and-a-half times higher than in 2012 and a large proportion of that is thanks to US investment into ailing British hotel chains. Starwood Capital bought Principal Hayley for £360m, KSL bought Hotel du Vin and Malmaison out of administration for an estimated £200m and Jurys Inns received £160m investment from a con- sortium led by capital management firm, Moun Kellett. Savills says that it expects the strong


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performance of the year so far to continue with at least a further £600m in deals to go through in 2013, bringing the total up to a forecast of £3bn. Details: http://lei.sr?a=r7v3B


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mendations and conclusions, which include a call for the government to urgently co- ordinate the work of producing action plans for individual sports, involving the relevant clubs, NGBs and sports coun- cils; an improvement to the methodology used for the Active People Survey and the Taking Part Survey due to the “clear limitations” of the cur- rent system. It also describes the decision to scrap School Sports Partnerships as a “mistake” and criticises UK Sport’s “no com-


promise” approach to funding Olympic and Paralympic sports, stating that it will lead to a grow- ing gap between the sports which already do well and those which have low development prospects. Continued on back cover


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