Birmingham welcomes Commonwealth Games decision

Birmingham today (07 September 2017) welcomed the decision by the Commonwealth Games Delivery Unit (CGDU) to recommend it as a Candidate City to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Ian Ward, Deputy Leader and Chair of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bid Committee, said:

“This is a great endorsement by the UK Government of Birmingham’s credentials to host the Games and recognition of the city’s resolve to deliver a memorable event. We appreciate that it was a very close decision and that Liverpool pushed us all the way with a very compelling proposal. This is not the end of the journey and we look forward to working with the Government as it makes its final decision to support a UK Candidate City.”

Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands, said:

“The regional support of the Midlands was a key determining factor and I want to thank all those
regional agencies and organisations that have worked hard over the last six months to get us to
this position. We will make the Commonwealth proud.”

Neil Rami, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Growth Company, which manages the leisure tourism programme Visit Birmingham, said:

“The decision to nominate Birmingham as the potential UK candidate city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games bid is fantastic news for the city and the wider West Midlands region.

 “Birmingham has enjoyed a 17% increase in domestic tourists and a 52% rise in overseas guests since 2011. We anticipate the Games alone to add at least a 10% increase to our record-breaking visitor numbers.

 “Winning this stage of the process confirms what we’ve known for a long time – Birmingham and the West Midlands are world-class sporting destinations, which provide an outstanding welcome for its millions of sports fans.”

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