Worst Tourist Season For Half A Century
9:33am 1st August 2012
A B&B owner says he's struggling to stay afloat because tourists have been put off by rumours Weymouth is overcrowded and congested.
A number of road signs across neighbouring counties had been displaying traffic information saying the town was busy, parking was limited and visitors should expect delays.
Those signs have now been changed, after a growing number of complaints from local businesses that Weymouth was quiet.
Colin Green jointly owns a B&B on the seafront and says July was slow for business and August won't be much better.
Before the Olympics, local Councils, National Highway Teams and other organisations urged people travelling in to watch the Sailing events to plan ahead to avoid disappointment.
Head of Olympic Operations for Weymouth and Portland Simon Williams say that was the right thing to do.
Areas hosting Olympic events say the number of tourists are well down on what they'd expect for this time of year.
Business leaders in Weymouth and Portland say this summer's tourist season is the worst for half a century.
In London, retail footfall has fallen sharply in the West End, and some leading attractions in the capital have seen visitors drop by up to a third.