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Glasgow to benefit from £1.6m boost from World Down Syndrome Congress

Glasgow has won the bid to host the World Down Syndrome Congress in 2018, which is expected to deliver a £1.6m boost to the city's economy.

Andrew Macintyre, Sam Ross and Stuart Campbell led the campaign
Andrew Macintyre, Sam Ross and Stuart Campbell led the campaign

More than 1,200 delegates will attend the four-day conference at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) between 1-4 August 2018. It will be the first time Scotland has hosted the event.

Down’s Syndrome Scotland submitted its bid for the congress in partnership with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB), the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Visit Scotland and the SECC in August. The charity Down Syndrome International has announced that the Scottish bid has beaten competition from cities in four other countries.

The conference, which is held every three years, brings together people with Down’s syndrome, their parents and carers, professionals, practitioners, researchers and organisations. It was held in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2012 and will take place in Chennai, India, in 2015.

The event is expected to generate 6,000 hotel room nights in Glasgow.

The bid was the first to use the city’s People Make Glasgow brand following its launch in June. It was led by Andrew Macintyre, Stuart Campbell and Sam Ross, who have Down’s syndrome and are members of Down’s Syndrome Scotland, under the banner People Make Glasgow Inclusive.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: "The city is looking forward to warmly welcoming delegates from all over the world for this prestigious meeting.

"It’s also hugely positive news that our first major conference bid reflecting the city’s new brand has been successful, demonstrating that People Make Glasgow is a real point of difference, and congratulations to Andrew, Stuart and Sam for leading the city’s bid."

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