LANARKSHIRE was firmly placed on the tourism map while local youngsters achieved a haul of medals thanks to the county hosting the biggest sporting event ever to hit the area.
The International Children’s Games lived up to their expectations as youngsters hit new sporting heights and businesses blossomed despite worry of a double dip recession.
Team Lanarkshire won double the number of medals in this year’s event than they took last year in Manama, Bahrain.
Their haul included five gold, three silver and ten bronze across judo, athletics, golf, swimming, football and badminton over the five days.
Hotels thrived as guests from all over the world checked in to experience the sights of Lanarkshire and support the competitors.
The Bentley Hotel in Motherwell was fully booked due to other events but general manager Joy Ubaha said that they had experience an influx of queries from people looking to make reservations.
She added: “We had guests from Schweinfurt who were here for Twinning Association events but they explained they came specifically at this time for the Games.
“I think had we not already been fully booked with a wedding, we would have had more people staying who were involved in the event.
“It is nice to see all the different cultures and it has been a positive event.”
For full story, see this week’s Times & Speaker, dated Thursday, August 11.