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Minister Richard Starke will travel to Glasgow July 19-24 to help Edmonton promote its legacy of hosting international sporting events to voting members of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Starke also will attend the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 23.

“The Commonwealth Games are sports tourism at its best, attracting thousands of visitors and creating a legacy of world-class facilities. The Alberta government has supported Edmonton’s bid from the start, and I am proud to do all that I can to continue that support.”

Richard Starke, Minister, Tourism, Parks and Recreation

"We will visit Glasgow to look, learn and listen in order to gather insights and information for building the best bid possible and bringing the Commonwealth Games back to Edmonton in 2022. We appreciate the Alberta government's strong support and look forward to working together to win the bid."

Don Iveson, Mayor, City of Edmonton

Edmonton has experience, hosting the games in 1978. The only other candidate city is Durban, South Africa. The Games will be awarded in September 2015.

The Commonwealth Games would increase tourism visits and create jobs, for a significant impact on Alberta’s economy. The Games also would generate taxes for all three levels of government. About 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 countries participate in the Games.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

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Itinerary for Minister Starke*

The total estimated cost for Minister Starke and one staff member, including airfare, accommodation and meals, is about $9,000.

(co-ordinated with the City of Edmonton)

Date

Event

Saturday, July 19

Travel to London, England

Sunday, July 20

Travel to Glasgow, Scotland

Monday, July 21

Meeting with City of Edmonton;

Annual meeting, Commonwealth Games General Assembly;

City of Edmonton reception

Tuesday, July 22

Meeting with City of Edmonton;
Annual meeting, Commonwealth Games General Assembly;

Informal meeting opportunities

Wednesday, July 23

Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremonies

Thursday, July 24

Return to Calgary

* Note: Itinerary subject to change


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