Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, has described 2014 as the “most exciting and high-profile summer in Glasgow’s history” and said the legacy of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games had already been demonstrated by £290m worth of new conference business confirmed through to 2024.
“We’ve just closed the curtain on the best ever Commonwealth Games and our global profile has never been greater,” she said.
“Hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the world have enjoyed an electric atmosphere in the city over the past fortnight, with Glasgow’s warm hospitality, friendly people and can-do attitude at the heart of our success,” Crawford added.
Since bidding for the Games, Glasgow witnessed the opening of world class venues, new infrastructure, hotels and restaurants and the launch of a distinctive city brand, she noted. “The Commonwealth Games will provide the fuel from which we will continue to grow and build the appetite for visitors, conferences, exhibitions and major events to come to Glasgow.”
The Closing Ceremony of the Glasgow Games was watched by a stadium audience of 40,000 and a television audience numbering in the hundreds of millions and David Zolkwer, Head of Ceremonies and Artistic Director, said the event had been “Glasgow’s chance to express what a pleasure it was to have the world to stay for a while”.
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games were created and produced by Jack Morton Worldwide. The agency also created the Ceremonies for Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 and Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.
The Glasgow Games sold 1.2m tickets, with the SECC campus welcoming over 200,000 visitors alone over 11 days, as well as providing the backdrop for the world’s broadcast media.
As the largest venue precinct, the campus, comprising the SECC, Clyde Auditorium and The SSE Hydro, hosted competitions for six different sports.
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