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Glasgow wins 526 conferences worth £142m

Rebranded Glasgow Convention Bureau also reveals 2016-17 as best ever year for international conference wins

Pictured: newly-branded Glasgow Convention Bureau has won 526 conferences in 2016/17, which will bring an estimated £142m into the economy

Glasgow's new-look convention bureau has secured 526 conferences during the 2016/17 financial year, worth an estimated £142 million.

The conferences, such as the 2019 European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) annual congress, will take place up to 2022 and bring in 140,000 business tourists to the city. The number of international associations choosing Glasgow has also risen 63 per cent from 43 to 70 between April 2012 and March this year, with 2016/17 reflecting the most successful year yet.

The results come after the merger of Glasgow Life - Glasgow City Council's council, sport and learning body - and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) earlier this year, to create the new convention bureau, Glasgow Convention Bureau. The convention bureau worked with partners such as the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow’s universities and the wider business community to attract the conferences.

Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at 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 per cent 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, not to mention Europe’s largest super-hospital, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, and the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (BWoSCC); the UK’s most advanced NHS cancer centre.

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

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