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Glasgow Convention Bureau reports best ever year-end results

New figures show that Glasgow attracted more conference business in the past financial year than ever before.

Year-end data from Glasgow Convention Bureau reinforces the importance of business tourism to the city’s economy.

Over 530 conferences were held in Glasgow in 2018/19, bringing nearly 160,000 delegates to Scotland’s largest city. Collectively, UK and international meetings were worth just over £150m in delegate spend, reflecting Glasgow’s most successful conference year-to-date.

Just last month, a report issued by meetings industry body the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) showed that Glasgow attracted more international delegates in the 2018 calendar year than any other UK city, outside London.

Over 30,000 overseas delegates visited Glasgow last year, placing the city 34th overall in ICCA’s index of 400 cities.

Aileen Crawford, head of conventions, Glasgow Convention Bureau, says: “Glasgow understands the importance and value of its knowledge base economy, and these results are a clear endorsement of the confidence that the global meetings industry has in our city, particularly in key sectors like life sciences, engineering and sustainability, which account for more than 50% of our conference business. Many of these conferences are secured with the support of our world-class academic ambassadors who invite their international peers to meet here.”

Kathleen Warden, director of conference sales at the Scottish Event Campus, said: “It has been an exceptional year for conferences in Glasgow and it’s the result of outstanding teamwork with partners across the city.

“The SEC has enjoyed a record year with 55% growth in conference turnover and we remain a key driver for attracting international meetings; welcoming 80% of all oversees delegates to our campus. Conferences are a catalyst for social and economic progress and play an important role in continuing to internationalise the city’s reputation.”