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Glasgow celebrates busiest May on record for business tourism

More than 22,000 delegates came to Glasgow in the city’s busiest May on record

Pictured: delegates arriving in Glasgow for the WFH Congress, a major medical conference which took place in May

Glasgow is celebrating its busiest May on record with more more than 22,000 delegates coming to the city, providing an estimated £25.5 million boost to the local economy.

Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “Glasgow  is recognised as one of the world’s leading conference cities with business tourism featuring as a key pillar within the city’s Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023.  

"Glasgow’s reputation for innovation, the strength of our knowledge hub economy and the strong partnerships which exist between businesses and academic institutions set us apart from other potential host cities. This enables us to successfully bid to secure prestigious meetings to our city.”

Conferences in May started with the arrival of 7,000 attendees at the All Energy Conference and Exhibition, swiftly followed by two major medical meetings held at the SEC, attracting a combined total of over 8,000 delegates.

Across the city, other venues were also busy with conferences. The University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre welcomed 1,000 delegates to the Annual Conference of the European Marketing Academy.

The Scottish Event Campus is also celebrating its most successful May yet, following the opening of the Clydeside Distillery, the first whisky distillery to be built in Glasgow in over a century, and the launch of the first new-build Radisson RED hotel in Europe.

Kathleen Warden, director of conference sales at the Scottish Event Campus, said: “The Scottish Event Campus has successfully delivered major conferences in the past month, including the World Federation of Hemophilia and the European Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy Congress. These have accounted for 76 per cent of all delegates in the city in May.  

"These conferences take many years to secure, often against tough international competition, so we feel immensely proud to take these events from bid to delivery.  

"Not only do these events demonstrate the value of the venue in delivering economic impact for the city, they help to internationalise the city’s reputation, and the SEC is proud to work with the many stakeholders involved in bringing these events to Glasgow.”

Strathclyde University’s Technology and Innovation Centre officially opened for business in March 2015 and is also celebrating its busiest May yet.  Last month it hosted 68 events and welcomed a total of 3,624 delegates – a 55 per cent increase on May last year and a massive 277 per cent increase on May 2016. 

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