VisitEngland looks to a decade of sport and future opportunities

Thursday 9, December 2010


VisitEngland looks to a decade of sport and future opportunities


James Berresford, Chief Executive VisitEngland responded to the news that England had been unsuccessful in its bid to host the 2018 World Cup.


“We are all obviously disappointed that England has been unsuccessful in its bid to host the 2018 World Cup. Despite this set back, the next ten years is full of sporting promise for England. The London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games get the show on the road, with the UK to host the Rugby League World Cup in 2013, and England to host the Rugby Union World Cup in 2015 and the Cricket World Cup in 2019. These special events are in addition to a packed annual sporting calendar attracting domestic and international visitors year after year to events such as Wimbledon, Henley and the Grand National.


England is fast carving out a reputation as a destination able to deliver top class sporting experiences. Sports tourism is estimated at being worth £2.3 billion and has potential to grow from strength to strength. There will be many more opportunities for England, the spiritual home of football, to host world class championships and I know the millions of English football fans will extend an unbeatable welcome to the world when our time comes!





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