Mayor of London Boris Johnson yesterday (6 October) officially opened Excel London’s largest ever event held at the venue, WorldSkills London 2011.
WorldSkills London 2011 brings people from across the globe to compete to become the best of the best. Over 150,000 visitors are expected to attend, from 5-8 October, with over 8,000 attending the opening and closing shows, designed to showcase some of the UK’s most talented young performers and celebrating the communities coming together from around the world to take part in the event.
“It is a real privilege for London to host this year’s World Skills competition, with Excel London giving us a fantastic forum in which we can warmly welcome thousands of competitors from across the world,” said Johnson. “Since its launch last year the ICC at London Excel has attracted some high-profile events to the capital and boosted London’s business offering and its economy.”
CEO of Excel London Kevin Murphy, said: “Cities around the world are becoming more competitive in wanting to win events, especially in tough economic times. Events such as WorldSkills and following that the London 2012 Olympic Games, help to keep the world’s attention firmly focused on our fantastic city.
“In 2011, we will not only generate £1.7bn in economic impact but will also support 38,000 jobs and employ 3,500 people, both directly and indirectly.”
The Mayor hailed the capital as the “World’s global event destination”.
CN reported Grass Roots organised the sell-out opening ceremony for Worldskills London 2011. Held at The O2 Arena, the ceremony involved 950 international competitors, between the age of 14 and 17, from 51 countries;8,000 visitors watching the ceremony; and some 700 UK-based acts on stage.
Click here to see CN’s gallery of the event.
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