Couple of releases, one being more relevant than the other, but the 2nd is of general interest.
1st - from 23rd July last year from the MAN website:
Airport Countdown To Commonwealth Games
New Airport managing director John Spooner put Manchester Airport 'under starter's orders' as preparations for Manchester's Commonwealth Games 2002 begin in earnest.
The airport, owned by the ten local authorities of Greater Manchester, was the games' first official sponsor two years ago - pledging a £2 million sponsorship package for the two week multi-sport event.Over the next year the airport will be getting ready to receive the games' 5000 plus athletes, 1,000 technical staff and 4,500 media. It is also expected that up to 30,000 spectators will fly into Manchester for the competition.
The airport's preparations will include training meet and greet volunteers, setting up welcome and information desks, ensuring journeys to the athletes' village start smoothly from the airport, making arrangements for VIP visitors and ensuring all sports equipment arrives on time and is despatched to the athletes.
The airport will also be liaising with the on-site police, customs, immigration, airlines and handling agencies to ensure an effective operation.
"The operational planning for the games will now be speeded up as the year-long countdown begins" said John Spooner, Manchester Airport managing director. "Both as a sponsor of this prestigious event and in our role as the games gateway, we want to ensure a smooth and successful start for everyone flying through the airport."
2nd And in today's MEN
City is catapulted into spotlight
MANCHESTER will bank a multi-million pound bonanza from the Commonwealth Games. TV programmes at home and abroad about this summer's extravaganza have catapulted the city into the international spotlight as the number one place to visit.
That has led to an unprecedented boom in business for hotels, restaurants, bars, the airport and tourist attractions.The city is making headlines around the world as an ideal holiday destination, and Manchester's profile will rise even further when the Games start.
Millions are learning about the city in newspapers, magazines and on television. The city has featured in several TV travel shows, and a television crew from Australia is currently filming in the city. The Games have helped Manchester to secure more than £600m of public and private investment, according to a team of independent consultants.
Tourism earns Greater Manchester £1.5bn every year. It is estimated the Games will bring in an extra £30m throughout the year from visitors and this equates to 30,000 jobs in tourism and related businesses.
Each year, 300,000 extra visitors are now expected to spend an estimated £12m in the region. The Games will generate the equivalent of 6,100 full-time posts, and millions of people will look to Manchester as a possible business or visitor destination because of its booming image.
The stunning range of economic benefits was spelled out by Cambridge Policy Consultants in a report commissioned by the city council. It is estimated that 100,000 people come into the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights to enjoy its nightlife.
And daytime visitors are being lured by the art galleries, shops and football. More people are expected to visit the city in the coming months with the opening of the Urbis Museum and the Imperial War Museum of the North.
Manchester's visitor information centre at the town hall has been inundated with inquiries.A city council spokesman said: "There is a great deal of interest at the moment from people wanting to visit Manchester."
Tourists are also being encouraged to use Manchester as a gateway to visit other places, including the Lake District and Chester.Recent government figures show that Manchester is the third most popular destination for visitors after London and Edinburgh.
Around 560,000 people came to the city in 2000, an increase of 40,000 on the previous year. Andrew Stokes, managing director of Marketing Manchester, said: "The Commonwealth Games are providing a great opportunity for Manchester and the region, and it is good that so many people are working in partnership.For people visiting from places like America and Australia, we say to them use Manchester as a gateway to this fantastic region and the many things it has to offer."
Mary-Anne Haddad, of Nine to Five Magazine in Sydney, said: "Manchester is so dynamic. There is a real eclectic mix of architecture, and the people offer a welcoming presence in a vibrant city full of life and colour."