Olympics Organizers Spent $16M On Free Travel Passes For Sponsors, Officials
More than 300,000 public transportation passes worth up to £250 ($392) each for unlimited travel "are being given out free" to London 2012 sponsors and officials, according to Tom Rowley of the London TELEGRAPH. Games organisers spent £10.25M ($16M) on 370,000 travel passes called Oyster cards, which will allow "those accredited for the Games to travel on trains, buses and London Underground." LOCOG bought the Oyster cards for the Olympics and Paralympics, "about half of which will be valid from Monday, three weeks before the opening ceremony." The passes will be given to members of the “Olympic family,” which includes sponsors, int'l dignitaries and IOC officials. About 50,000 volunteers, 15,000 athletes and a number of journalists "will also get free travel." Separately, spectators "will also be given free travel on the day of their event" (TELEGRAPH, 7/3).