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Glasgow has continued its meteoric rise up the global rankings of the world’s top sporting cities after picking up the Global Sport Tourism City Award at the Global Sport Tourism Awards in London.
Finishing ahead of cities such as London and Baku, Glasgow was recognised for its commitment to increasing tourism opportunities through sport.
This year alone the city has hosted many high-profile sporting events including the Homeless World Cup, the Tour of Britain Grand Depart, the European Judo Open and, just last week, the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
Next year Glasgow will reinforce its position as a world class sporting city when it hosts the 2017 TOTAL BWF World Championships. In 2018 Glasgow and Berlin will co-host the inaugural European Championships and then, in 2019, the city will see the European Athletics Indoor Championships.
In April, Glasgow climbed three places to finish fifth in the world at the prestigious 2016 SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City Awards.
The city finished ahead of the likes of Los Angeles, Toyko, Sydney and Paris. Glasgow was also named the number one city in the world in the Legacy category in reflection of its longstanding commitment to increasing participation and creating new sporting opportunities for citizens in the lead up to and beyond the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
And in a further award Glasgow was named Best Small City by population band beating Amsterdam, Calgary, Doha and Vancouver in the process cementing the city’s position as a world leading sports city.
Major sporting events not only target key international tourism markets, but also connect easily with the city’s sport and physical activity priorities, and further boost the reputation of Glasgow’s great sports venues and strong relationships with key international sports federations.
Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Glasgow’s sporting reputation has never been higher. Our rise as one of the world’s top sporting cities has been secured thanks to our investment in world-class facilities, our international events programme and our commitment to increasing participation and leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.
“Our sporting events regularly attract spectators from across the globe and, in recent years, we have spent close to £200million building new and improved sports venues such as the Emirates Arena, which has helped us attract some of the world’s biggest and best events. But we never live on past glories in Glasgow and are already looking forward to the 2017 World Badminton Championships and the 2018 European Championships.
“To win the Global Sport Tourism City Award is testament to our city’s love of sport and reinforces our position as a top tourism destination.”
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