Glasgow Wins 2014 Commonwealth Games!

11 Sep 2007

Glasgow has won one of international sport's biggest prizes - the right to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014.  The announcement was made at the Commonwealth Games Federation's General Assembly in Sri Lanka today, with delegates voting in favour of Glasgow's bid by 47 to 24 for the Nigerian capital of Abuja.

A 48-strong team from Glasgow and Scotland were in Sri Lanka for the final round of lobbying and presentations, and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau Chief Executive, Scott Taylor, was among them.

He said, "This is fantastic news!  2014 will catapult Glasgow tourism to new heights.  Like European City of Culture 1990, 2014 will act as a catalyst for  investment and regeneration, and spark a massive influx of visitors.

"Glasgow's ambitious new Tourism Strategy to 2016 has a target of increasing tourism revenue to Glasgow by 60%, and the Games will go a long way towards helping us achieve that.

"We anticipate around 100,000 additional visitors to the city in the three years following the Games.  But the long-term PR benefit is immeasurable.  Images of the modern, dynamic Glasgow that we see today will be beamed into the homes of more than one billion people world-wide - updating global perceptions of the city at a stroke."

The Commonwealth Games will take place in Glasgow from 23 July - 3 August 2014.  Over 70% of the venues are already in place in Glasgow.  An Athletes Village will be constructed in the East End of the city to accommodate around 6,500 athletes and support staff from 71 countries.

It is anticipated that the net economic benefit to Glasgow will be £26 million, while the benefit to Scotland will be £81 million.  In the three years following the Games, there could be a net increase of 4% in tourism, which equates to approximately £30 million in additional expenditure.

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Public Relations Excellence Award - Marketing Excellence Awards Scotland 2007

M&IT Best UK Convention Bureau 2007

Chairman's Award for - DADI Awards 2007

  • Artist's impression of triathlon event courtesy of Designhive/Glasgow 2014

  • Commonwealth Games