Pictured: Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB)
Glasgow has reported
its best year for conference wins after securing £141 million worth of business in 2015-16.
convention bureau, Glasgow City Marketing (GCMB), says the wins
injected £2.7m on average each week between April 2015 and March 2016.
Around 420,000 delegate days will be generated from 513 meetings which have been confirmed until 2022, the bureau says.
Conference Ambassador Programme has been credited with securing half (49 per
cent) of all conference business for the 12 months to March 2016, up from 30
per cent two years ago.
include European Association of Archaeology at the University of Glasgow; the
International Space Planes / Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference at
the University of Strathclyde’s Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) as well as the
European Association of International Education Convention and Diabetes UK’s
annual congress, both of which were held at the SECC. These four meetings brought more than 10,000
delegates to Glasgow; boosting the local economy by more than £15 million.
GCMB’s head of conventions, said: "Our year-end results are a clear
endorsement of the confidence that the global meetings industry continues to
have in Glasgow and further strengthens our reputation as one of the world’s
premier business tourism destinations."
conventions secured by GCMB include the World Congress of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2018 and the annual meeting of the British
Association of Dermatologists (BAD) in 2022.
"Glasgow is a great example of a city that understands the relevance of
its knowledge hub economy. In 2015/16, nearly half of all conference business
confirmed to Glasgow for future years was in our key economic sectors of life
sciences, medical, energy, sustainability, low carbon industries, engineering,
financial and business services – which represents 10 per cent growth on the
director of conference sales at the SECC, added: "The continued
growth in our conference sector is a reflection of the SECC’s on-going
commitment to further developing its well established conference business and
our partnership with the wider stakeholder community is crucial to our