VisitEngland congratulates Yorkshire on Tour de France bid

2012-12-15 — / — In reaction to Yorkshire winning the bid to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive James Berresford said:

“Congratulations to Yorkshire on winning the bid to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014. This is a fantastic opportunity for Yorkshire and will showcase to the world the outstanding beauty and breath-taking landscapes of this wonderful area of England.  We look forward to working with Welcome to Yorkshire and their partners as well as the other areas of England which will host the Tour’s stages to make this a huge success for the whole country.

We’ve shown this year that England can host the most prestigious sporting events in the world with warmth and panache.  In 2014 we have another opportunity with the Tour De France and again in 2015 with the Rugby World Cup.  Sport runs through the very fabric of this country and is an incredibly powerful tool to encourage visitors both from at home and overseas to take a holiday in England.”

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Sarah Long, Head of Corporate Communications Tel: 020 7 578 1452,
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