Thousands of expats return for the Olympics

Published:  14 Jul at 9 AM
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A survey conducted by Lloyds TSB International has revealed that thousands of Brits currently living abroad are planning to fly back to the UK for this summer’s Olympic Games. Around 275,000 expats have tickets for the event which is just two week’s away.

According to the study, seven per cent of the 5.5 million Brits who live overseas already have a ticket back to the UK which equates to 385,000 people. The majority of those travelling back to their home country are coming from Spain with more than one in five returning.

Fewer have decided to return from North America with three percent planning to come from Canada and six per cent flying in from the US. Of those who replied to the survey 66 per cent believe that the Olympics will boost the UK’s reputation in the countries in which they live. Those residing in America were the most enthusiastic about the Game’s influence with 75 per cent of expats saying that the Olympics will boost Britain’s profile.

Around half of all expats believe that the UK has a positive reputation in the country they have moved to. Of those living in the US, 78 per cent believe this to be true. In Canada 65 per cent believe that Britain is well regarded and in the UAE 71 per cent who have moved from Britain think their home country is appreciated.

Expatriate banking director for Lloyds TSB International, Richard Musty, said 2012 was a year in which Britain was taking the world’s centre stage with both the Queen’s jubilee and the Olympic Games.

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