Business tourism smashes city targets

12 Dec 2012

Glasgow is continuing to attract major international conference trade, beating off stiff competition from across the globe.

Glasgow City Marketing Bureau has announced that it is on track for its best ever conference sales year, beating the £120 million of conference sales it achieved last year.

Within the first eight months of the current financial year, the city's official destination marketing organisation  confirmed 347 new international and UK conventions through to 2020.

These conferences are worth over £141 million in local economic benefit and will bring around 140,000 delegates to the city staying for more than 450,000 nights in Glasgow's hotels.

The SECC, in the heart of the Clyde Waterfront area, plays a major role in Glasgow's conference business.

Among the major conferences booked by GCMB this year are:

  • The European Association of International Education in 2015
  • The World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in 2016
  • The Congress of the International Society of Haematology in 2016
  • The International Congress of the World Federation of Haemophilia in 2018
  • The World Biomaterials Congress in 2020

Together, these five conferences will bring more than 16,000 delegates from across the world to Glasgow and provide a near £30 million boost to the local economy.

In winning these major meetings, the city beat off strong international and domestic competition from San Francisco, Tokyo, Paris, Guadalajara, Gothenburg, Lausanne, Manchester and Liverpool.