Olympic Tourism Winners? Portugal and Spain

Londoners fleeing the crowds flocked to the sunny south
People sunbathe at Sabanell Beach in Blanes, Spain Photograph by David Ramos/Getty Images

Richard Wellings is one of thousands of Londoners who skipped seeing Great Britain’s athletes snaffle a record 65 medals at the London Olympics. “I wanted to escape the inconvenience,” says Wellings, 39, a deputy editorial editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs who lives in Stratford, the East London home of the Olympic Park and the epicenter of the games.

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