Glasgow secures £141m worth of conference business in 'best ever' year

Figures released by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau's (GCMB) Convention Bureau show the city secured its best ever annual return of conference business.

River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland
River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland

Working in collaboration with the SECC, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow’s universities and the wider business community, the GCMB’s Convention Bureau secured average conference revenue of just over £2.7m every week between April 1 2015 and March 31 2016 to end the year on £141m.


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In the last financial year Glasgow also confirmed 513 new international and UK meetings through to 2022, equating to 420,000 delegate days.

Major conferences that took place in the city in 2015/16 included the European Association of Archaeology at the University of Glasgow; the International Space Planes/Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology Innovation Centre (TIC); and the European Association of International Education Convention and Diabetes UK’s annual congress, both of which were held at the SECC. These four meetings brought more than 10,000 delegates to Glasgow, boosting the local economy by more than £15m. 

Aileen Crawford, GCMB’s head of conventions, said: "Our year-end results are a clear endorsement of the confidence that the global meetings industry continues to have in Glasgow and further strengthens our reputation as one of the world’s premier business tourism destinations.

"Glasgow is a great example of a city that understands the relevance of its knowledge hub economy. In 2015/16, nearly half (48%) of all conference business confirmed to Glasgow for future years was in our key economic sectors of life sciences, medical, energy, sustainability, low carbon industries, engineering, financial and business services – which represents 10% growth on the previous year." 

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