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Glasgow Conference Ambassador Programme celebrates 30th anniversary

Glasgow Convention Bureau celebrates the 30th anniversary of its Glasgow Conference Ambassador Programme, which contributes £650m to city’s economy.

The programme is a free support and advice service, managed by Glasgow Convention Bureau. It aims to encourage local academics, scientists, healthcare professionals and businesses professionals to bring conferences to Glasgow.

The programme has over 1,600 members and 141 conferences. This has attracted 56,000 UK and international delegates who have injected £75m into Glasgow’s economy in 2019.

Since 2005, local ambassadors have also brought more than 1,700 conferences into Glasgow, which has contributed £650m to its economy.

Aileen Crawford, head of conventions, Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “With the largest academic community in the UK, outside London, it was important for Glasgow Convention Bureau to establish the UK’s first Conference Ambassador Programme thirty years ago to support academic meetings in our city.”

Crawford continues: “We are delighted to be celebrating the 30th anniversary and look forward to another year working in partnership with the city’s Universities and academics, offering support and assistance to maximise the impact of Ambassador led conferences”

Dr Craig Thomson, reader in sustainability and the built environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, commented: “The support provided by Glasgow Convention Bureau through the Glasgow Conference Ambassador Programme has been invaluable in bringing the Association of Researchers in Construction Management’s (ARCOM) 35th annual conference to Glasgow this September, which will see us welcoming academics from around the world to Glasgow Caledonian University for the first time in 20 years.”