Giant Olympic Rings unveiled at Heathrow ready to welcome visitors to London 2012
Giant Olympic Rings have today been unveiled at Heathrow, the Host Airport of the Games. The Rings will provide a visual welcome to athletes, Games visitors and other passengers arriving during the London 2012 Games.
The aluminium Rings which measure 12 metres in width, the same as a double decker bus, have been installed in Terminal 5 international arrivals and will be seen by at least 2 million passengers travelling through Heathrow.
The Rings were officially launched at an event today with Olympian Mark Foster. Entertainment was provided by the Band of the Irish Guards. Garrison Sergeant Major William Mott OBE, whose 30 foot portrait in Terminal 5, showing him dressed in the iconic Welsh Guards ceremonial red tunic and bearskin cap, and currently the first face that welcomes visitors to Heathrow, was also present at the ceremony.
The Olympic Rings are one of the world’s most recognisable logos. The five rings – coloured blue, yellow, black, green and red – represent the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.
Mark Foster said: ‘I know first-hand the nervous excitement that every athlete feels when they arrive for the Olympic Games. The atmosphere is electric and often the airport is the first time we see fans and really feel the special buzz of the weeks to come. The Rings will create a huge sense of excitement and be a great part of the welcome for everyone travelling though the Terminal.’
Giant sets of Olympic Rings are being installed at iconic sites across the United Kingdom to excite and inspire people ahead of the Games.
For more information contact:
- VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, is responsible for inspiring the world to explore Britain and for developing the UK’s visitor economy.
- Americans made 2.8 million visits to Britain in 2012 and spent $3.7 billion USD (£2.4 billion). The US remains in the top spot in terms of market value for inbound tourism and is one of the top three most important markets in terms of visitor numbers.
- Visitors traveling to Britain can find out more information from visitbritain.us plus purchase money and time saving local transport, sightseeing, attraction, theatre and tour tickets from visitbritainshop.us
- Follow us on Twitter @VisitBritain, Pinterest (VisitBritain) and Facebook: LoveGREATbritain