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Scotsman urges pre-plan for Olympic ice needs

26 March 2012

Scotsman Ice Systems is urging its hospitality customers to plan ahead for a hectic summer of public holidays, national celebrations and sporting events of Olympic proportions

Chris Davis of Hubbard Ice Systems says anyone looking to replace or service an ice machine during the lead up to and the running of the Olympics and the Paralympics, may find that normal services are limited as a result of travel and security restrictions.

He says: “Already we are experiencing a significant upturn in business ahead of the games, especially within the south east of England, where major pub chains are already preparing the ground with planned maintenance and the installation of multiple ice making machines throughout their estate.”

He also points out that holidaymakers will be offered discounts on UK breaks in a major tourism drive aimed at cashing in on the Olympic year Culture with the government unveiling a "staycation" campaign that will see tourism companies slash "20.12%" off bills.

Tourists will be able to take advantage of the discount by using a dedicated website before the end of the Paralympics on September 9 to make bookings for this year and 2013.

Government officials say more than three million hotel rooms are already lined up under the project, which is being backed by a range of companies including Butlins, the London Eye and Alton Towers, also taking part.

The additional public holiday associated with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, will also put pressure on hospitality outlets and servicing agents will be hard pressed in and around Olympic venues in the lead up to and during the games with transport restrictions having an effect on their ability to hit fast turnaround targets.

Chris Davis comments: “Even though we will all try our best to look after our long-term customers, it would be wise of anyone identifying a potential shortfall in their ice making capacity, to address the problem sooner rather than later and consider early maintenance.”

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