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Final Word/Thank you
GORDON JACKSON; CHAIR OF LEEDS HOTELS &
VENUES ASSOCIATIONANDGENERALMANAGEROF
THORPE PARKHOTEL & SPA.
I HAVE LIVED IN LEEDS FOR 12 YEARS AND I THINK
THE CITY IS JUST GETTING BETTER AND BETTER.
I’M PROUD AND EXCITED TO BE PART OF IT, AND
THAT FEELING IS EVEN MORE INTENSE AS I LOOK
AHEAD TO 2012 AND THE START OF A GOLDEN
DECADE FOR BRITISHSPORT.
Whilst London will be the focus of everyone’s
attention with the Olympics, and we’re hoping
beyond hope that England will surprise us all at
the European Football Championships in Poland
and Ukraine, I’m equally thrilled about what’s
happening in Leeds.
Headingley is back on the Test Match roster
and will welcome South Africa in August, and next
door, the Rhino’s stadium will host the quarter fnals
of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. And here’s
hoping that Leeds United march on to where they
belong. You won’t hear many Chelsea fans say that!
Whilst we are all inspired by the legacy that
the Olympics will create, we are also anticipating
a positive impact for business. Meetings, events
and exhibitions will take place, and the city
is perfectly placed to ofer some of the best
conferencing facilities in the country to support
them. Our city is only two hours away from
London and we have more IMA Gold-accredited
facilities than any other city outside the capital.
Tat’s something to shout about.
In an economic climate where investment
has generally ground to a halt, Leeds is bucking the
trend.Te new £350 million Trinity Leeds shopping
centre is a stunning development and will change the
architectural landscape of the city in a radical way.
Elsewhere the 1m sq ft retail-led Eastgate Quarter
scheme will transform another part of Leeds city
centre, housing fagship stores such as John Lewis
and Marks and Spencer.Tese two projects alone are
creating over 8,000 jobs in construction and retail.
Te new Leeds Arena is causing much
excitement for those of us working in hospitality.
Tis £55 million, 13,500 capacity stadium is
expected to add around £25.5million per year to the
city’s economy and create around 450 construction
jobs, with potentially 90 apprenticeships. Once
complete, the Arena will bring an additional 1
million visitors to Leeds, generating an annual
economic beneft of over £25 million, all of which
will create employment for local people and attract
investment to the city.
Leeds’ reputation for business is already well
established, but the Arena will attract a diferent
kind of visitor. Tis can only be good for the city.
New people will come to Leeds, share the experience
and want to come back. As we all know, Leeds – live
it and love it!
For more information on Leeds Hotels and Venue
Association, please visit
www.hotelsinleeds.org
FINALWORD