City of Leipzig puts its support fully behind the Competition
28 January 2013
By WorldSkills International
Establishing a close relationship with the host city is a key objective for the organizers of all WorldSkills Competitions and WorldSkills International and helps to ensure the event is a success for the host city, WorldSkills and its visitors.
President of WorldSkills International, Simon Bartley, praised the support received from the city of Leipzig, the state of Saxony and the Federal Government.
“We are enormously grateful to Leipzig and the region for their help and the positive attitude they have shown towards us. Transport presents us with a significant issue in moving Experts, Competitors and visitors around the city and Leipzig have been very constructive in planning early for the necessary adjustments which need to be made to the local infrastructure to ensure there is adequate provision for everyone concerned. The logistical support we have received from Leipzig since the start of 2013 is testament to the commitment the city has to making sure WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 is a resounding success from a practical perspective.”
More than 200,000 visitors are expected to descend on Leipzig later this year, including up to 10,000 international visitors, bringing a large amount of tourism to the area. Uwe Albrecht, Deputy Mayor of Leipzig warmly greeted delegates at Competition Preparation Week and spoke of Leipzig’s commitment to support WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. He said:
“As we want to take this astonishing WorldSkills atmosphere right to the heart of Leipzig, to its city center, it is our idea to set up the WorldSkills TREFF. This will be a meeting point and place of exchange for everyone who is interested in the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 - participants, visitors and the citizens of Leipzig.”