Tour de France win is a boost for region's economy

YORKSHIRE'S Tour de France win will boost the region's economy, business and political leaders have said.

Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer, said: "I'm delighted with the news.It's absolutely fantastic for the region and great for the city of York as well. I think it will bring huge benefits to the economy and to the city with the amount of people around the world that follow the Tour de France. There will be huge opportunities that come with this and as a region we need to capitalise on this as much as possible.

"We have also got to give huge praise to Gary Verity and his team at Welcome to Yorkshire for really being at the forefront of delivering this for our region."

Tim Frenneaux, enterprise partnership manager for York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, said: "It's more great profile for a really strong Yorkshire brand. It's a one off opportunity so we need to make sure that we make the most of the opportunities it presents for our businesses. That will be our role as an LEP."

He said that as well helping tourism businesses to make the most out of it, they also hoped it could help improve exporting as the world learnt more about Yorkshire.

"We will look to be more creative about what other opportunities this presents and how we can capitalise on them," he said.

Susie Cawood head of York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "For Yorkshire to host the biggest annual sporting event in the world is hugely positive news for the region and the economy.

"Importantly, it illustrates confidence in Yorkshire. It will showcase Yorkshire both to the race spectators and millions of people watching it around the world."

Rachel Goddard, chair of York Professionals, said: "This is fantastic news for Yorkshire and for York. It puts Yorkshire firmly on the map and gives us another opportunity to showcase the beauty of our city and region to a wider, international audience. Vive la Yorkshire!”

Coun James Alexander, Labour leader for City of York Council, said: “I'm proud that we played a part in the Back le Bid campaign for Yorkshire. What a great way to follow the Olympics - another of the world's biggest sporting events coming to the region.

"This will undoubtedly be a boost for York, as the historic heart of Yorkshire. Visitors will come from around the world to watch this huge event and they can see what a great place to live, work, visit and invest York is at the same time."

Coun Andy D'Agorne, Green Party councillor for City of York Council, said: "I think it's excellent news for the region in terms of raising the profile of our tourist offer and to have millions of people seeing shots of people cycling in the beautiful countryside we have to offer.

"I'm a convert after the Olympics," he admitted. "Before the Olympics, I didn't think it was going to have that much effect. But our success in the Olympics certainly has raised the profile of cycling as a means of transport as well as a sport so I certainly would hope that that is a spin off."

Coun John Weighell, leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “North Yorkshire County Council, as one of the sponsors of the bid, is absolutely delighted that the organisers of the Tour de France have agreed to include Yorkshire in the 2014 event.

“As one of the world’s premier sporting events, the Tour de France brings enormous international exposure and interest in its wake, and the inclusion of Yorkshire can only be excellent news for the economy of North Yorkshire, and its hugely important tourism businesses.”

Gillian Cruddas, chief executive of Visit York, said: "This is exciting news and a real coup for Yorkshire.

"Hosting the Grand Départ presents a great opportunity to showcase what we have to offer on an international stage for both cyclists and visitors, and will provide a legacy which reaches far beyond 2014."

Catriona McLees, head of promotion and tourism at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: "It's great news for Yorkshire and we're delighted to support such a fantastic event that will encourage more people to get on their bikes and enjoy the North York Moors National Park countryside."

Hugh Bayley, MP for York Central, said: "This is a huge global event and it's great it is coming to Yorkshire.

"People will want to cheer along Bradley Wiggins in the hope that he wins the tour again next year after his fantastic victories this year in the Tour de France and the Olympic Games.

"Cycling is a big sport in Britain and York is the cycling capital of the north of England, so it's great that we will see the event in our own city."

Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, said: “I am delighted by the news that Yorkshire will be host to the Tour de France’s Grand Depart in 2014. This will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase Yorkshire to the world, bringing yet another world class sporting event to the UK.

“With a global audience of over two billion people watching the Tour de France every year, the backdrop is vital. In Yorkshire you could not ask for more. Some of the most iconic roads and scenery in the country, if not the world are here.

“Yorkshire and the UK has beaten many eminent world cities and countries and I am sure everyone in the region will now start preparing to ensure the event is a brilliant success. I look forward to celebrating the success and discussing how the country can get behind the bid in my Parliamentary debate on the subject next week.”

Rebecca Taylor, Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and Humber, said the announcement is a big boost for Yorkshire, as it will see another major sporting event coming to the region.

“This is great news for Yorkshire and will be a great way to promote all the county has to offer. Millions of people will see on their television the beauty of the county, while many more will come and visit. This will be a major boost for the county and all who live and work here. I am delighted Yorkshire has been chosen.”

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1:25pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Dennis.Dart says...

why is this such a BIg thing for York Press, when the ride is in LEEDS !!!! once again York misses out York is a far better city than the slums of Leeds
why is this such a BIg thing for York Press, when the ride is in LEEDS !!!! once again York misses out York is a far better city than the slums of Leeds Dennis.Dart
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2:04pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Von_Dutch says...

Dennis, can you not read??

"Leeds will be the host city, but the Grand Départ route will also take in York, Scarborough, the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, Hull and Sheffield"

It sets off from Leeds yes, but that's it. It's a Yorkshire bid with the route taking in all 4 ridings of the county.
Dennis, can you not read?? "Leeds will be the host city, but the Grand Départ route will also take in York, Scarborough, the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, Hull and Sheffield" It sets off from Leeds yes, but that's it. It's a Yorkshire bid with the route taking in all 4 ridings of the county. Von_Dutch
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2:18pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Dennis.Dart says...

direct from cycling UK states starts in leeds then south to london !!!
direct from cycling UK states starts in leeds then south to london !!! Dennis.Dart
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2:22pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Sillybillies says...

It sets off from Leeds yes, but that's it. It's a Yorkshire bid with the route taking in all 4 ridings of the county.

There are/were only three - hint a Riding means a third!
[quote]It sets off from Leeds yes, but that's it. It's a Yorkshire bid with the route taking in all 4 ridings of the county.[/quote] There are/were only three - hint a Riding means a third! Sillybillies
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2:40pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Von_Dutch says...

Ok, slap on the wrist for me there, but you get what i'm saying - it covers West, North, East & South Yorkshire inclusively.
Ok, slap on the wrist for me there, but you get what i'm saying - it covers West, North, East & South Yorkshire inclusively. Von_Dutch
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2:54pm Fri 14 Dec 12

o2binibiza says...

Dennis.Dart wrote:
direct from cycling UK states starts in leeds then south to london !!!
The bid is for the first 3 stages of the tour. First 2 stages (1 of them is usually a prologue time trial event) to take place in Yorkshire - Stage 1 starting in Leeds - with the 3rd stage finishing in London as it's on the way to France ready for stage 4.
[quote][p][bold]Dennis.Dart[/bold] wrote: direct from cycling UK states starts in leeds then south to london !!![/p][/quote]The bid is for the first 3 stages of the tour. First 2 stages (1 of them is usually a prologue time trial event) to take place in Yorkshire - Stage 1 starting in Leeds - with the 3rd stage finishing in London as it's on the way to France ready for stage 4. o2binibiza
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4:40pm Fri 14 Dec 12

bob the builder says...

Barnitts should stock up on carpet tacks, I'd expect that's one area of business to benefit from this.
Barnitts should stock up on carpet tacks, I'd expect that's one area of business to benefit from this. bob the builder
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8:59am Sat 15 Dec 12

Paul Meoff says...

bob the builder wrote:
Barnitts should stock up on carpet tacks, I'd expect that's one area of business to benefit from this.
I'll tuck this one away somewhere safe. If this does happen and there is a fatality or serious injury as a result, plod will know where to come knocking. People have been done for lesser incitements to disorder on internet forums and twitter.
[quote][p][bold]bob the builder[/bold] wrote: Barnitts should stock up on carpet tacks, I'd expect that's one area of business to benefit from this.[/p][/quote]I'll tuck this one away somewhere safe. If this does happen and there is a fatality or serious injury as a result, plod will know where to come knocking. People have been done for lesser incitements to disorder on internet forums and twitter. Paul Meoff
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10:43pm Sat 15 Dec 12

piaggio1 says...

erm ! south yarkshire dunt exist. there are 3 ridings ,north.east.west. york is in none of them .york is a county.ridings is an olde scandinavian name, come on,at least know where you live, the hint is in the name..........riding
s.a third.south yarkshire is just barren land. and come on paul .it,s a joke comment
erm ! south yarkshire dunt exist. there are 3 ridings ,north.east.west. york is in none of them .york is a county.ridings is an olde scandinavian name, come on,at least know where you live, the hint is in the name..........riding s.a third.south yarkshire is just barren land. and come on paul .it,s a joke comment piaggio1
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