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Continuing to secure major events for the years ahead

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer, EventScotland

Business / Culture / International
Securing major events can leave economic legacy from Glasgow 2014

Scotland is the perfect stage to host major events, and over the past decade we have worked hard to position the country as one of the world’s elite destinations. We have a fantastic reputation within the international sporting community as an event host with great experience, passion and expertise. We have continued to build this reputation as we welcome some of the biggest events in world sport to Scotland.

2014 saw yet another step-change in our global position with our capacity, capability and credibility highlighted like never before as we successfully delivered the Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup.

Our legacy began in earnest before the Games as the new and refurbished Glasgow infrastructure came online. We used these world-class venues to bring events across a range of sports to Scotland for the first time. These events have been important to Scotland’s development with the Games venues playing a key part in their success.

We have seen a number of countries struggle to follow a year like Scotland had in 2014, failing to capitalise and maintain the momentum, which  in turn becomes detrimental to their future event hosting aspirations. That is not the case for Scotland, and we have been working hard since the Games were secured in 2007 to ensure that we continue to have a world-class portfolio.

This year we welcome World Championships in Orienteering, IPC Swimming and Gymnastics; the European Eventing Championships, the Davis Cup and proudly host nine world-class golf events including The Open Championship and Women’s British Open.

However, it’s not all about this year for Scotland – following the Games we have worked with partners to secure the 2017 World Badminton Championships, 2018 European Swimming Championships and four major curling events between 2016 and 2020 - which culminate in the Men’s World Championships.

The acclaimed success of Glasgow 2014 has undoubtedly enhanced Scotland’s reputation as a leading major events destination and we continue our work in the international sport sector to attract, bid for and secure major events for Scotland.