Official statistics today confirmed claims that the Olympic Games would bring millions of people and pounds to the streets of London were nothing more than Conservative hype.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of visitors to Britain in August fell by 5 per cent compared with the same month in 2011 - but the amount they spent rose by 9 per cent.
Overseas residents made three million visits to Britain in the month, down 5 per cent from August 2011, according to the ONS.
The Olympic Games ran from July 27 to August 12 and the Paralympics began on August 29.
Roger Smith from the ONS said: "Wet weather is a very important factor to consider alongside the Olympics and other things like exchange rates, which may have an impact on visits."
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