SECC hailed as ‘the Scottish O2’ after £640m economic boost

The Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) contributed £397m to the Glasgow economy and £247m to the wider Scottish economy during the last financial year.

SECC hailed as ‘the Scottish O2’ after £640m economic boost
SECC hailed as ‘the Scottish O2’ after £640m economic boost
The figures, generated using a model developed by KPMG, were recorded between April 2010 and March 2011.

During this period the Scottish venue hosted 218 events, attracting around1.26m visitors and 26,000 exhibitors to the city.

International conferences and events boosted the Scottish economy by £75m. Concerts accounted for the bulk of the impact, boosting Glasgow’s economy by £166m.

SECC chief executive John Sharkey said: "It is pleasing to know that the SECC has the same sort of economic impact on Scotland and Glasgow as the 02, the world’s largest entertainment venue, has on London. "

"These conferences act as a showpiece for promoting Glasgow to a wider audience for tourism, education and inward investment. With the addition of the Scottish National Arena, we can only strengthen our position having already secured a number of international events for the venue after completion in 2013."

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