The Hydro will boost Glasgow tourism

25 Oct 2012

When it opens it's doors next September, The Hydro, Scotland's new purpose built national arena, is expected to have a major impact on visitors to Glasgow.

The development of Scotland's new national arena is set to boost the city's already successful reputation for major events and conferences.

The new development is part of the already highly successful Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow which has played a major part in developing business tourism in the city in recent years.

With a seating capacity of 12,000, this impressive new venue will open in late 2013 and play host to around 140 events every year (from national and international music mega stars to global entertainment and sporting events, and major conferences).

The new venue has the potential to inject £131 million annually into Glasgow's economy.

The Hydro is expected to be in the top five busiest indoor arenas in the world, alongside such iconic venues as Madison Square Garden in New York and London's O2 Arena.

The development of this major new arena is just the latest step in Glasgow's successful development of business tourism. Business tourism secured by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau  since its inception in 2005 has been worth £827 million to the city's economy and generated three million conference delegate hotel room bookings.

Glasgow City Marketing Bureau secured new conference business to the city worth more than £120 million in the last financial year.  Conference delegates account for one in five hotel beds sold in the city, underscoring the importance of conventions to Glasgow's economy.

Two years ago Glasgow became the first city in the UK to launch a formal Major Events Charter, which guarantees the provision of support for organisers considering bringing major sporting and cultural events to Glasgow. This year, Glasgow unveiled a specific Major Sports Events Strategy, which is aimed at positioning Glasgow as one of the world's leading destinations for sport through to 2018 - reflecting our bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Source: Glasgow City Marketing Bureau

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