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2012 Olympics - What could Alton do?

Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:21 am

OK, so i was thinking, with the Olympics on it's way to London in 2012 what could Alton do to benefit from this? I know Thorpe Park has more of a chance but i wonder, if marketed right Alton could get all sorts of people coming down from London to say:
'Experience an all new worlds first at europe's best theme park!'
Is that forseeable in the future? I am just saying that Alton have one hell of a chance to make plenty of profit, SW7 for the Olympics? Black Hole Tent new coaster to attract the world? I have just been wondering what Alton could do for the Olympics? Share your thoughts... :D
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Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:32 am

I am a big supporter of the 2012 London Olympics and intend to attend several events during the games. However one thing the games will not do if past experience is anything to go by is boost tourism. There will be hundreds of thousands extra visitors to the UK during the games but most of these will spend almost all of their time here at the events, which run for about 18 hours a day during the 16 days of competition. Hotels, restraunts etc... will benefit but some places like Thorpe, Chessington and other attractions in the south east may suffer as many UK based tourists avoid the area like the plague due to the expected travel problems moving these thousands of people between venues at the games. At past games tourists venues near the games suffered actual falls in attendance around the times of the games.

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Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:51 am

Not sure what Alton are going to do but I have it on good authority that there will be a new variation on the 'special' Olympics called the ChavOlympics over at Thorpe (Bringing with it a host of new events including the 100m Vandalize, synchronised swearing, and, sponsored by WKD, for the first time ever, chavette catfighting).
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Re: 2012 Olympics - What could Alton do?

Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:21 pm

Eurgh, the Olympics. I hope Alton do nothing to "celebrate" the Olympics, the IOC being the disgusting and offensive organisation that they clearly are... :evil:
 
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Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:58 pm

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Eurgh, the Olympics. I hope Alton do nothing to "celebrate" the Olympics, the IOC being the disgusting and offensive organisation that they clearly are... :evil:

Erm, what? I've found something about a number of corrupt IOC members and something about not fully investigating the gymnast age complaints but that's about it.

I'm a big fan of the Olympics as an event and I'd like to see some sort of event at AT, though I think it would be more suited to the London parks since London will of course be the centre of attention.
 
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Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:32 pm

"John""][quote=""Sam" wrote:
Eurgh, the Olympics. I hope Alton do nothing to "celebrate" the Olympics, the IOC being the disgusting and offensive organisation that they clearly are... :evil:

Erm, what? I've found something about a number of corrupt IOC members and something about not fully investigating the gymnast age complaints but that's about it.

I'm a big fan of the Olympics as an event and I'd like to see some sort of event at AT, though I think it would be more suited to the London parks since London will of course be the centre of attention.[/quote]
The IOC are an evil because they awarded the world's most prestigious sporting event to one of the world's most appaling, regular and disgusting abusers of human rights. China apparently were rewarded for their appalling record on human rights, anti-freedom of speech, use of sweatshop labour, death penalty and their consistent and systematic crushing of democracy. I find it simply unacceptable such a regime of murdering :censored: are given the honour of hosting the Olympics. If the competition was really all about bringing the world together, they would refuse to support a brutal totalitarian regime.

Oh and they also killed a 21 year old luger.
 
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Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:39 pm

I realise that people will all flock to London however i think Alton will still construct a new ride and over market it to TRY and get people down south, an event also, but what?
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Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:46 pm

Thorpe next major coaster is currently set for 2012, i wouldnt expect a major coaster in 2012 more likly 2013/4 (going by merlin previously saying they like to add a major ride to their parks every 3 years). I would expect a medium to large investment ie around £8m.
 
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Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:25 pm

"Sam""][quote=""John""][quote=""Sam" wrote:
Eurgh, the Olympics. I hope Alton do nothing to "celebrate" the Olympics, the IOC being the disgusting and offensive organisation that they clearly are... :evil:

Erm, what? I've found something about a number of corrupt IOC members and something about not fully investigating the gymnast age complaints but that's about it.

I'm a big fan of the Olympics as an event and I'd like to see some sort of event at AT, though I think it would be more suited to the London parks since London will of course be the centre of attention.[/quote]
The IOC are an evil because they awarded the world's most prestigious sporting event to one of the world's most appaling, regular and disgusting abusers of human rights. China apparently were rewarded for their appalling record on human rights, anti-freedom of speech, use of sweatshop labour, death penalty and their consistent and systematic crushing of democracy. I find it simply unacceptable such a regime of murdering :censored: are given the honour of hosting the Olympics. If the competition was really all about bringing the world together, they would refuse to support a brutal totalitarian regime.

Oh and they also killed a 21 year old luger.[/quote]

Oh, lighten up!

They were picked because they were chosen as to be the best country to hold the event. Did you see the building used for swimming events :shock: or the birds nest stadium :shock: ? They were incredible and that is why the Olympics were there. And even if you do believe them to be an evil organisation, what is wrong with celebrating the best athletes in the world competing gainst each other on our own doorsteps? The Olympics are a great event, even if you don't like the people who run them.

Ant as for the luger, the fact that the luge is in incredible dangerous sport had nothing to do with his death at all, did it?
 
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Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:57 pm

Oh, lighten up!

They were picked because they were chosen as to be the best country to hold the event. Did you see the building used for swimming events or the birds nest stadium ? They were incredible and that is why the Olympics were there.


It's not a matter of lightening up, this stuff's serious!

China deny their people basic human rights and censor the information they recieve, they imprison Tibet, displace entire regions of people to build a dam which causes untold environmental damage and the IOC rewarded them with an Olympics! To say we should let them off because they built some pretty buildings is ridiculous.

As for Olympic involvement at Alton, I reckon the 2012 Olympics may well be a disaster so they should avoid direct involvement but they should definately look at marketing the park to people at the Olympics
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Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:56 pm

I'm sorry but what they do has nothing to do with a sporting event. The IOC care about sports, China had the best venue, so China got it. The fact they are an emerging world super power is another key factor. It's not like the IOC came out and praised what goes on over there. What they do is unbelievable and I would never have chosen them to host it but to say doing so is evil and endorsing all that goes on over there is a step too far. It is a four week long sporting event, nothing more. I did not say building some pretty structures lets them off. I said that those pretty structures were deemed the best in the world and therefore deserved the Olympics. The country did not deserve them but that doesn't matter. If the IOC is evil for holding them in China, is everyone who deals with them evil? No. You may not like the decision to hold them in such a country, and neither do I, but they did, so get over it.


I agree the 2012 Olympics will probably be a disaster but that is no reason not to get involved with it. It is a big event full of national pride and excitement and all sorts of other stuff marketing people fantasise about. It's a chance to show the resort on (pottentially) the world stage, an oportunity that should not be missed.
 
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Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:19 am

Can we keep this on topic please. The Olympics is coming in 2012, there is no need to discuss the Olympic comity in this topic.

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Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:30 pm

I hope they do nothing. It's bad enough having to read about it coming.
 
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Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:31 pm

I think they could show some of it in queueline tv's, although i'm not sure whether the can...
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Re: 2012 Olympics - What could Alton do?

Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:41 pm

I hope they put big screens with free beer all around the park facing away from the queues so I can hop on the rides sans queue
 
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Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:26 pm

You can garuntee some sort of Morwenna related PR belch about it all.
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Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:16 pm

Amen to that^ :)

I also think the Olympics will be a disaster because WE the brits are doing it. Boris will make a racist comment i bet that he doesn't even realise it. And i bet we won't even win 6 Golds. I reckon a coaster in the BH tent and a small childs coaster in either Beastie spot/CCL and maybe a new show representing the Olympics. Could there be a Thrill ride or The Blade moved into the Lake next to Battle galleons? Like DMP's pirate ship.
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Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:32 pm

You could have events around the park. A sprint race in Dark Forest called "The Rita 200m" is one for a start. :P
 
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Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:59 pm

Due to being relatively far away from the Olympic action, I think Alton should actually run some kind of "sod the Olympics, come to Alton Towers instead" type campaign.
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Re: 2012 Olympics - What could Alton do?

Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:37 pm

Well, something like maybe the Equestrian (at least I think that's the one with the horses) isn't usually in the host city, it can be upto 2-3hrs away so with visitors from there may go to Alton, and I think they'll have screens up showing the latest on the main events.
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