London wins £3.8m World Irish Dancing Championships for 2014

London has won the bid for the World Irish Dancing Championships 2014, an event worth £3.8m to the capital’s economy.
 
The Hilton London Metropole will host the event which comes to London for the first time and expected to attract between up to 20,000 people.
 
The bid was submitted by Hilton London Metropole, in partnership with London & Partners, the official convention bureau for the UK capital. They beat off competition from Glasgow and Belfast, with support from the Mayor of London and partners across the city, who offered value added discounts for the delegates during their stay.
 
The eight-day event will bring together over 4,500 competitors for the international competition of the An Coimisium Le Rinci Gaealcha (Irish Dance Commission). In addition, 20,000 of the competitors’ friends, family and teachers are expected to travel to London to watch the competition.
 
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “It is brilliant news that this globally admired and historic aspect of Irish culture is dancing right to our doorstep in London. With thousands of people expected to come and soak up the atmosphere, the Championships will be a fantastic jamboree of dance and a vital boost to London’s economy. We look forward to extending a really warm welcome to all those who will compete here in 2014.”
 
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