15 Jun 2018
Glasgow welcomed over 22,000 delegates to city conferences over the last month, making it the busiest-ever month on record for business tourism, and boosting the local economy by an estimated £22.5 million.
The news comes after it was announced in 2017 that Glasgow will host 526 international and UK meetings over the next four years, worth an estimated £142 million in revenue.
Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at the Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “Glasgow is recognised as one of the world’s leading conference cities with business tourism featuring as a key pillar within the city’s Tourism and Visitor plan to 2023.
“Glasgow’s reputation for innovation, the strength of our knowledge hub economy and the strong partnerships which exist between businesses and academic institutions set us apart from other potential host cities.”
The month began with the All-Energy Conference and Exhibition, which drew in 7,000 delegates to the Scottish Events Campus (SEC), followed by two major medical events with a combined total of 8000 delegates.
Kathleen Warden, director of conference sales at the SEC, said, “The SEC has successfully delivered major conferences in the past month.
“These conferences take may years to secure, often against tough international competition, so we feel immensely proud to take part in these events from bid to delivery.
“Not only do these events demonstrate the value of the venue in delivering economic impact for the city, they help to internationalise the city’s reputation, and the SEC is proud to work with the many stakeholders involved in bringing these events to Glasgow.”
The University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), designed to accelerate collaboration and innovation in industry and academia, is also celebrating its busiest May after hosting 68 events over the month.
Gordon Hodge, head of conferencing and events at the University of Strathclyde, said, “We’re delighted to have played our part in Glasgow’s busiest month, which is a real testament to the collaborative approach that continues to win a wide range of high-profile, influential business events for Glasgow.
“What makes us truly unique at Strathclyde is our Technology and Innovation Centre, which is much more than an award-winning city-centre conference venue.
“Combining our research activity with flexible event spaces that are available all year round, TIC is a place where new innovations are showcased; where new relationships are forged; where the seeds of future collaborations are sown; and where ideas become legend.”