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Glasgow CVB celebrates prestigious green tourism win

City's convention bureau becomes first of its kind to win award
13/09/2017

Glasgow Convention Bureau has become the first ever convention bureau to win a Green Tourism Award, the world’s largest certification programme of its kind.

The go to standard for sustainable tourism, Green Tourism assesses businesses on their green credentials with Glasgow Convention Bureau awarded a silver grading for demonstrating a progressive approach and commitment to sustainability – the first convention bureau to receive such an award.

This announcement follows on from the launch of Glasgow Convention Bureau’s People Make Glasgow Greener campaign which aims to build on the city’s position as the seventh most sustainable conference destination in the world and the only UK city to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS – Index). 

Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “Glasgow is a working towards becoming one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020 and a world-leading centre for sustainable policy, innovation and action.  As the city’s ‘one stop shop’ for UK and international conference organisers, our new Green Tourism Award is an important accolade to add to the city’s credentials as a world-leader in sustainable business tourism.”

Glasgow has a growing reputation for business and academic excellence in the energy, sustainability and low carbon industries and as a result, is attracting an increasing number of conferences in these fields.

By the end of 2018, Glasgow will have hosted 20 energy, sustainability and low carbon industry-related conferences over a 24 month period; delivering nearly 60,000 delegate days and boosting the city’s economy by more than £23 million.

Andrea Nicholas, MD of Green Tourism, added: “This is a fantastic achievement for this progressive convention bureau which is setting the standard for other organisations of this type across the UK. We found that highly-sustainability businesses are more likely to excel in areas of customer service as well as demonstrate significant savings resulting from reduced energy consumption. This is a great opportunity for Glasgow businesses to benefit from getting involved in this green movement.”


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