Hotels and Venues
Glasgow has a fully rounded economy which generates travellers for commerce, leisure and conventions and events year round. This is not a seasonal city with an August peak; it’s a flourishing destination where hotels enjoy year round high occupancy.
In 2015 Glasgow attracted 2.2 million international and domestic tourists, generating £613 million for the local economy. The city’s profile as a top international tourism destination has gone from strength to strength. Business tourism, world-class retail, major attractions and global events are all driving demand for additional hotel rooms. The city is now widely recognised as one of the world’s best destinations (National Geographic Traveller – Top 20 ‘Best in the World’ destinations for 2016).
Glasgow has the capacity and credibility to welcome more conference delegates than every other Scottish city combined, making it a premier European business tourism destination. In 2015/16 this amounted to more than 380,000 delegate days – an average 8.4% growth year-on-year. Conferences are confirmed in the city until 2022 with bids for more business in place until 2026.
Glasgow is one of the world’s leading destinations for sporting events, ranking 1st for the best small sports city (population of between 600,000 and 1.3m) and placing 5th overall in the Sports Business Ultimate City (SBUC). The crown jewel of Glasgow’s sport-related achievements was its hosting of the 2014 XX Commonwealth Games – described as ‘the best games ever’ and contributing to the city winning the “Best Legacy” award at the SBUC 2016 awards.
Glasgow now has more than 7500 hotel rooms in the city centre with an average occupancy rate of 80.2% (STR Global 2016). With a range of exciting new developments either recently opened, coming to fruition or planned – from hotel brands including Accor, Hampton by Hilton, Doubletree by Hilton, Dakota Deluxe, Radisson Red, Motel One and Melia Inside, Glasgow will add almost 1500 hotel rooms to its accommodation stock. As a major hot-spot, however, more hotel rooms are required to meet current and future demand in the city.
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