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Glasgow Convention Bureau reports best ever year-end results with conference business worth over £150 million – that’s more conference business in the past financial year than ever before – positioning the city among world’s top business events destinations.
Glasgow is recognised as one of the world’s leading conference destinations and year-end data from Glasgow Convention Bureau reinforces the importance of business tourism to the city’s economy.
Over 530 conferences were held in Glasgow in 2018/19, bringing nearly 160,000 delegates to Scotland’s largest city. Collectively, UK and international meetings were worth just over £150 million in delegate spend, reflecting Glasgow’s most successful conference year-to-date.
Just last month, a report issued by meetings industry body the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) showed that Glasgow attracted more international delegates in the 2018 calendar year than any other UK city, outside London.
Over 30,000 overseas delegates visited Glasgow last year, placing the city 34th overall in ICCA’s index of 400 cities.
Major conventions that took place in Glasgow in 2018/19 included the World Federation of Hemophilia; the World Down’s Syndrome Congress; the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Annual Conference and the National Cancer Research Institute Conference (NCRI).
Collectively, these four major medical meetings brought more than 9200 delegates to Glasgow; boosting the local economy by more than £17 million.
It has been an exceptional year for conferences in Glasgow and it’s the result of outstanding teamwork with partners across the city. Looking ahead, Glasgow has confirmed conference business on its books until 2024 and bids in planning through to 2026.
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