SECC hosts record number of events

Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre has experienced a record year for 2000-2001, which saw it inject some £42.5m into the local economy – up 140% on the previous year. A total of 74 events – 17 more than in 1999-2000 – were held at the venue last year, pulling in 50,000 delegates. While the number of UK association events fell by two, the sector was up 39% in terms of delegate attendance levels. Improvements to the facilities over the past five years, which include a complete refurbish ment of the venue, the construction of the purpose-built Clyde Auditorium and the addition of new technical equipment, are all said to have contributed to the increase in business. “The SECC is now regarded as one of the leading centres in Europe,” said director of conferences Jenny Salsbury. “Plus, the destination itself offers an established city infrastructure, providing excellent support services to conference organisers through the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board.”

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