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Glasgow welcomes record number of business tourists
26 September 2017

New figures released by Glasgow Convention Bureau show the increasing value of business tourism to Glasgow’s economy and highlight the city’s growing success in attracting international events.

During the 2016/17 financial year, Glasgow secured 526 conferences for future years through to 2022. This will bring an additional 140,000 business tourists to the city and contribute an estimated £142 million to the local economy over the next five years.

Glasgow Convention Bureau, which is part of Glasgow Life, competes globally to attract conferences to the city and is supported by key partners such as the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), NHS Greater Glasgow, Glasgow Airport, Glasgow’s universities and the wider business community.

The number of international associations choosing Glasgow annually as their conference destination has risen 63% from 43 to 70 between April 2012 and March this year – with 2016/17 reflecting the most successful year yet.

Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions, Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “Glasgow is now recognised as one of the world’s leading conventions cities.

“The volume of international associations choosing to bring their conference here has grown by more than 60% over the past five years, which is a reflection of the strength and global reach of our academic and business communities and their wider knowledge hub networks.

“Medical and Life sciences sector conferences attracted a record number of delegates to the city in 2016/17 and it was the best performing sector in terms of the number of conferences confirmed for future years. That’s because we’re at the epicentre of medical innovation and world-leading research.

“Glasgow is home to the largest medical physics research division in the world, and Europe’s largest super-hospital, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

“Since 2014, medical and life sciences conference business has increased 56% and the 158 conferences secured in 2016/17 alone will contribute some £63 million to Glasgow’s economy by 2022.”

Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales, Scottish Event Campus (SEC), said: “Glasgow continues to be a major player in both the UK and international conference markets. The collaboration across the city with our partners, which includes an exceptional partnership with Glasgow Convention Bureau, is a great asset to organisers and something which we value enormously. We look forward to continuing to be a key economic contributor to Glasgow and Scotland in the next financial year.”

At the forefront of Scottish Aviation, Glasgow Airport was the first Scottish airport to ever welcome over 1 million passengers in a single month and the continued rise in passenger numbers at Glasgow Airport is in thanks largely to the airports multi-award winning customer service, unrivalled choice of worldwide destinations and its central location with direct motorway access ensuring the airport is the preferred choice for travellers from across Scotland including those in Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and beyond.

Already Scotland's gateway to the world and the nation's fastest growing airport, Glasgow Airport has enjoyed huge success in recent times establishing itself as one of Europe's fastest growing airports with new flights taking-off to over 30 exciting destinations including Brussels, Cape Verde, Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, Krakow, Lisbon, Madrid, Munich, New York JFK and Valencia - offering passengers over 1 million additional seats.

Direct flights from Glasgow Airport to important global business destination including Amsterdam, Dubai, Frankfurt, London, Munich, New York and Toronto can be booked now through Air Glasgow ensuring you get the cheapest flights every time you book.