Business boom to mean 2400 hotel rooms

14 Apr 2008

by Vivienne Nicol, Evening Times

Thousands more hotel rooms are planned for Glasgow to cope with almost £50million in business from new conferences.

Hotel chains from around the world, which are lining up to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in the city, will provide 2400 new rooms within the next three years.

Recently, two new hotels worth more than £130m got the go-ahead from Glasgow planners and Scottish Ministers.

The decision has been welcomed by tourism bosses who say it shows Glasgow is open and ready for business.

The £125m Argyle International Hotel, which will be built in the International Financial Services District, has now been given the backing of Scottish Ministers.

And last week, city councillors approved Staybridge Suites a £7.2m, 20- storey glass tower block hotel in nearby Jamaica Street.

Planners say a number of other new hotels are also in the pipeline and applications are expected to be lodged in the near future.

Among the international conferences coming to the city are the European Society of Organ Transplant, estimated to be worth £5.4m to the local economy, and the European Symposium on Calcified Tissues, worth £2.4m.

Together they will bring 6000 overseas delegates to Glasgow.

A number of UK associations have also decided to return to the city, including Drug Therapy in HIV, a 2500 delegate conference worth £5.7m, and the 2500 delegate British Society for Rheumatology, worth £4.6m.

Scott Taylor, chief executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said repeat business was as crucial as new conferences and welcomed the approval for two new hotels.

Mr Taylor said: "The decision is significant because it gives a clear sign to developers who want to build in Glasgow that the city is supportive."

The city council's Development and Regeneration executive spokesman George Ryan said: "We want to grow the number of tourists to Glasgow by 60% in the next 10 years so we have to bring on board a whole range of hotels.

"As a council, we have been talking to a whole host of hotel groups and an iconic building like the one in Jamaica Street will hopefully be the catalyst to bring them to the city."

 

Reproduced with the permission of The Evening Times(Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

 

  • Architect impression of Staybridge Suites tower over Jamaica Bridge by Young and Gault