Welcome to Yorkshire has secured support from the Prime Minister and the Cabinet for Yorkshire’s Grand Départ for the 2014 Tour de France.
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, had been invited by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP to brief the Cabinet in Leeds (pictured at Leeds City Museum) about how Le Tour was secured for the county and how Government departments could help in the next 18 months.
Following a positive meeting with the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron, Verity went for a debrief with Culture Secretary Maria Miller in Hebden Bridge, one of the places on the route of Grand Départ 2014.
“Being asked to brief the Cabinet about the Tour de France shows how seriously this Government is taking the Grand Départ. This is undoubtedly a moment for the whole country, not just Yorkshire, to celebrate and today’s positive discussions and feedback from the Cabinet show we are now moving in the right direction.
“Make no mistake this is a national event, co-ordinated in Yorkshire, for the benefit of Britain. The Cabinet understood that today and I look forward to more positive conversations in the weeks and months ahead.”
The Grand Départ was last held in the UK in 2007 when it came to Kent, where it generated an estimated £88m for the economy. Early estimates put the economic impact of Yorkshire’s Grand Départ at £100m to the county.
Yorkshire beat international competition from Scotland, Florence, Barcelona, Venice, Utrecht and Berlin to secure the event in 2014. Welcome to Yorkshire is the official destination management organisation for Yorkshire and it’s bid was drawn up in partnership with Leeds City Council and with the support of local authorities across the county.
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