Visit London brings 45,000 World Skills delegates to London in 2011

London has won its bid to host the World Skills competition in 2011, bringing 45,000 international delegates and £15m revenue to the capital. World Skills is a major event which takes place every two years, and will be held at Excel London from 6-9 October 2011. Not only will the event generate over £15 million for the capital, but will be a catalyst to drive forward the skills agenda in the run up to the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Visit London worked with UK Skills and one of its partner destination management companies, The Competitive Edge, to show the judges London when they came for an assessment visit in January. The UK bid faced strong competition from Australia, Sweden and France. “Hosting World Skills in London will benefit the community significantly, by encouraging excellence in vocational skills and combating skills shortages in the future” said Visit London chief executive James Bidwell. “This win is great news for London; it will raise the profile of the capital internationally as the world’s leading events destination and is another example of Visit London’s role in collaborating with partners to bring significant business to the capital. It demonstrates the momentum and catalytic effect of London’s host status for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.” Commenting on the announcement, Excel London chief executive Jamie Buchan said: "This is fantastic news for the capital and for Excel London, representing a truly marvellous opportunity to showcase the extraordinary array of vocational opportunities available to young people the world over. I am confident that London will stage a world-class event which will ensure a major legacy in the development of the skills agenda." WorldSkills entrants compete over four days to test their capabilities in competitive conditions. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded and competitors achieving above the world class standard of 500 points receive a medallion of excellence.

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