Convenient, reliable connectivity – both physical and digital – is key to Glasgow’s success as a thriving tourism and events sector adn facilitates continued growth.
With 3 international airports within an hour of Glasgow’s centre, the city is linked to over 180 domestic and international destinations – a superbly accessible destination for tourism, conferences and events.
Glasgow Airport is just 15 minutes from the city centre. Recent improvements include a £31 million expansion; another £100 million investment is planned for facilities upgrades in the next decade. At present, Glasgow Airport handles about 9.4 million passengers per year and serves about 120 destinations globally. Coinciding with its 50th anniversary, Glasgow Airport was named the UK, Scottish and European airport of 2016.
Once in Glasgow, public transport options make getting around and seeing the city or reaching destinations in the vicinity quick and straightforward. Rail and motorway links are also extensive and commuter/passenger services are reliable and well-maintained.
The Glasgow Subway is undergoing a full-scale upgrade and modernisation while Queen Street Station is about to begin a multi-million pound redevelopment and expansion.
Glasgow’s digital connectivity can meet and exceed the most demanding technology requirements of today’s progressive companies. 97% of the city will be covered by superfast broadband by December 2017 with a commitment to provide a true next generation fibre network in the city by 2023, providing ultrafast capability.
Keeping pace with the scale of development, the new Gigabit City fibre network will transform the city’s digital infrastructure, supporting internet connectivity of up to 100 times faster than the UK average. The state-of-the-art network will also future-proof the city as the demand for greater bandwidth continues to grow. Up to 7,000 city centre businesses will be within close reach of the fibre network within a year and ultimately up to 15,000 businesses across the city will benefit when the citywide roll-out is completed.
The Glasgow Economic Strategy has also identified Digital Technology as a key sector for the first time. Digital skills and technology enable all of Glasgow’s sectors, especially digitally minded tourist and visitors. Focusing on growing the digital sector and increasing the number of people with digital skills creates an attractive, modern location for any business to flourish.
Glasgow was the first city in Scotland to make free, open-air wifi available city-wide – allowing visitors on the go to stay connected.