Glasgow wins Commonwealth Games bid

Glasgow has been successful in its bid to host the Commonweath Games in 2014.

The city beat the Nigerian city of Abuja by 47 votes to 24, it was announced in Sri Lanka today. It is expected to cost the city £288 million to stage the event, with most of the funds coming from the Scottish Parliament.

VisitScotland chief executive Philip Riddle said: “The projected increase in tourism in the years following the games makes this a milestone in our progress towards growing tourism revenues by 50% by 2015.”

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive Lesley Sawers said: “The winning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games is a massive result for Glasgow, Scotland and for Scottish business.

“It is great news not only for the immediate boost it gives to the confidence of this great city, but for the springboard it will provide for the delivery of Glasgow’s 10-year economic strategy.”

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