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10/09/2012 08:03 am ET Updated Oct 09, 2012

London Tourism Sites Suffered From Olympic Slump, Bad Weather

It seems that the Olympics weren't good for everyone in England after all.

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions is reporting that some sites attracted 60 percent fewer visits during the Olympics than during the same period last year and some sites fared so poorly that they are asking the ALVA to hold the details until a full report is released next year, reports The Telegraph.

"For London attractions, the Olympic period was one of their worst trading periods in living memory and for visitor attractions, the summer is their equivalent of retailers' Christmas," Bernard Donoghue, a chief executive at ALVA, told the BBC.

He adds that it's been one of the worst periods since 2001, the year an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease hit.

According to The Independent, gardens and leisure attractions suffered the most, losing more than 20 percent of visitor traffic compared to last year. Heritage sites like the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral saw visits slashed by one fifth.

The Olympics might not be totally to blame though. The region was hit with its "wettest summer in a century," according to The Telegraph, and that also compounded the problem, especially in the case of outdoor sights.

But, for London, there may still be light at the end of this tunnel.

Says Donoghue: "We are working with the local and national tourist boards and others to turn the millions of Olympic TV viewers who loved how Britain looked into visitors who will come here in the next months and years."

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