Britons to get 2012 hotel discounts

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British hotelBrits who holiday at home during the Olympics will be offered more than a fifth off hotel rooms, the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Ministers are in talks with a number of hotel chains about offering a 20.12% discount off hotel stays just for UK residents in an effort to stop people taking their holidays abroad during next year's games.

Mr Hunt also described those involved in August's riots as a "national disgrace", telling activists they would not be allowed to ruin the Olympics and the UK's reputation.

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, he said: "John Penrose, our tourism minister, and I want to use this to transform our tourism industry so that when people see Hadrian's Wall, Offa's Dyke, Snowdonia, the cliffs of Cornwall, we want to convert good publicity into good business and attract an extra four million tourists to the UK in the years that follow 2012, creating an additional 50,000 jobs.
"Not only that but we want to use next year to transform our domestic tourism industry. We want next year to be the year to have a holiday at home and we are talking to hotels up and down the country about offering discounts for next year for people who holiday at home; discounts of, wait for it, 20.12%."

Mr Hunt said nearly 7,500 schools had signed up to the Government's School Games, an initiative set up to run alongside the Olympics and promote competitive sport amongst children. Speaking without notes, he said the scheme also included disabled children.

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