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WorldSkills London 2011

The dates for WorldSkills London are October 5-8, 2011 and will be conducted at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference center in London, England. The contest organizers are expecting almost 1,200 competitors from 52 countries competing in 41 official competitions and five demonstration contests.

SkillsUSA is moving forward with plans to enter 18 competitions and we will have a total of 18 competitors—the most ever for the U.S. We will enter four new contest areas in 2011. They are beauty therapy, graphic design, Web design and restaurant service.

The competitions will be open to the public at no cost. You may also purchase tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies at a cost of £20.

In an effort to encourage more U.S. participation in the WorldSkills Competitions, we have been working with the London organizing committee to offer special hotel/conference packages to our members. These packages would be available for five-night stays either at the beginning or ending of the conference and would include breakfasts, admission to the competitions and to the opening or closing ceremonies, transportation to and from the airport and an excursion. The costs are approximately $500 (U.S. dollars) per person based on SkillsUSA registering at least 50 people.

The organizing committee has put together various other hotel packages, and their travel agency will work direct with individuals who prefer to plan their own trip. Contact them by e-mail at worldskillslondon@travelplaces.co.uk.

All information regarding the competitors, the 2011 WSC schedule and the housing packages can be viewed on our Web page at www.skillsusa.org/compete/worldteam.shtml. Please direct any questions to akranenberg@skillsusa.org.

Provisional registration is due by March 15. Please act now to register for the WorldSkills Competition!

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