Wednesday 17 August 2016
Scotland’s economy is set for a multi-million pound boost after a major contract was awarded to provide travel and accommodation services for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
The £7million contract will be delivered by industry leaders Corporate & Sporting Events Management Limited (CSE) and will bring significant economic benefits to a number of business across Glasgow and Scotland between now and the event in the summer of 2018. There will be no athletes’ village during Glasgow 2018 maximising opportunities for local businesses.
CSE will be responsible for the delivery of a comprehensive accommodation service for the thousands of athletes, media and officials who will travel to Scotland for the event. They will also provide transport services to and from accommodation and a number of transport hubs.
The European Championships is being staged for the first time in 2018 in a partnership between the Host Cities of Glasgow and Berlin. This sporting partnership will create a new event on the world stage every four years elevating the status of European Champions and attracting a potential television audience of 1.03 billion with a wider audience via digital platforms.
As part of the inaugural European Championships around 3,025 athletes will visit Scotland for six events (aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon) while a further 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin as part of the European Athletics Championships.
The event will build on Glasgow and Scotland’s track record of hosting major international events including the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 Ryder Cup and 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.
Glasgow 2018 Championships Director, Colin Hartley, said: “Staging the European Championships in 2018 provides Scotland with an exceptional opportunity to capitalise on the success of the best ever Commonwealth Games, while creating significant business opportunities across the city and further afield through contracts such as this.
“Major international events are vital to our economy with thousands of jobs supported across the sport, creative and tourism industries in the city. Glasgow 2018 will allow us to build on our reputation as one of the world’s top five sporting cities and also our position as a leading tourism destination.”