Scotland's 'big two' aim for closer collaboration

Closer cooperation on attracting conferences to Scotland’s two biggest cities is on the agenda after Glasgow and Edinburgh appointed a ‘collaboration coordinator’. Laura Gordon, a corporate lawyer previously with Boyds Solicitors in Glasgow, takes up the post in August. She will foster a working relationship between the cities with tourism identified as one area where the cities could benefit from partnership. Visit Scotland head of business tourism, Caroline Packman welcomed the move. “We are fortunate that we have two great cities in proximity to each other and if we can band together we can attract bigger events,” she said. Representatives of Edinburgh and Glasgow have already signed a concordat to encourage cross-promotion when pitching for business, and Gordon will sit on a steering committee with them. Gordon said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to promote the two cities as a conference destination. They have incredible capacity.” A feasibility study is now being conducted into a rover ticket, which could be used by business or leisure tourists to travel between the cities.

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