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London landmarks to be hospitality venues at 2012 Games

Alexandra Palace
Image caption The Netherlands will be based at Alexandra Palace

Foreign national Olympic committees are signing up London landmarks to use as hospitality sites for the 2012 Games.

The German team will use the Museum of London, the Brazilians Somerset House, the French will have a base at Old Billingsgate Market and the Dutch at Alexandra Palace.

Marble Arch and the Royal Albert Hall are some of the other venues the committees are considering.

The hospitality industry could make an estimated £100m from the Games.

Since the Atlanta Games in 1996, most nations have had a building which provides a venue offering VIP hospitality and meeting facilities for their guests as well as a press facility and media lounge.

Professor Jack Lohman, Director of the Museum of London, said: "This partnership will bring lasting benefits to the Museum of London Docklands including upgrades to the building, international links with Stories of the World - the London 2012 cultural festival for young people, and relationship-building with German businesses.

"As a publicly funded organisation, these benefits are both extremely valuable and timely."

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