The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre welcomed more than 3,000 international delegates for Global Offshore Wind 2014 - a two-day event supported by the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund, which kicked off today (11 June).
Fergus Ewing MSP, Scotland’s minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, and Michael Fallon MP, Business and Energy minister, were among those to address offshore energy experts from as far afield as South Korea, Japan and North America at the major two-day event, which was supported by the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund.
Garth Halliday, RenewableUK’s director of Events, Marketing and Membership, said: "RenewableUK is delighted to be holding Global Offshore 2014 in Glasgow. It’s a natural choice for us, as Scotland is at the forefront of the UK’s clean energy revolution, and this great city is home to a number of companies operating in the fast-growing offshore wind sector, including the burgeoning supply chain."
Kerry Watson from VisitScotland’s Business Tourism team said: "It is testament to Glasgow that it continues to attract such high-profile conferences, leading to a significant boost to the economy. The VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund played a big role in securing this event and I am sure delegates will enjoy their stay in Glasgow, especially with the city abuzz with just six weeks to go until the Commonwealth Games – the biggest sporting event ever held in Scotland."
Energy, Enterprise and Tourism minister Fergus Ewing added that the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund has been instrumental in helping to attract prestigious, high-yield, high-spend international conferences such as this and in helping make Scotland more competitive within the international conference market.