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Glasgow City Marketing Bureau has been named the UK’s Best Convention Bureau for a remarkable tenth consecutive year.
In a UK poll for influential industry magazine Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT), Glasgow was voted number one ahead of strong competition from Convention Bureau of London & Partners, Liverpool Convention Bureau, NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau and Staffordshire and Stock-on-Trent Convention Bureau.
The record-breaking accolade underpins Glasgow’s position as the first UK city ever to clinch the top prize ten years in a row.
And in the decade of holding the coveted title, the Bureau has secured more than 3,000 domestic and international conferences in partnership with the SECC, Glasgow’s hotels and venues, academic institutions and city partners.
More than 1.2 million conference delegates have spent 3.8 million nights in the city’s hotels during this time with delegates accounting for up to one in five hotel beds sold in Glasgow; underscoring the importance of conventions business in driving local economic growth.
Major conferences won by Glasgow in the current financial year (2015/16) include:
Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Winning the coveted title for the Best UK Convention Bureau for the tenth consecutive year is an incredible achievement. Glasgow’s ambitious aspirations in the conventions market are paying dividends.
“Last year we welcomed 556 UK, European and international conferences which brought almost 150,000 delegates from across the world to Glasgow and boosted the local economy by approximately £140 million.
“We utilise our most valuable asset, our people, to showcase our knowledge hubs, our world-class research and facilities and our iconic warm personality.
“The sky’s the limit for Glasgow; and winning this award every year for the last decade is testament to the hard work from partners across the city. From our venues, especially the SECC, hotels, universities, the NHS, local ambassadors, restaurants, transport providers, and all the other conference service providers that consistently strive for excellence in making Glasgow one of Europe’s premier business tourism destinations.”
Kathleen Warden, Head of Association Conferences at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre (SECC), said: “We are bursting with pride at GCMB’s achievement. Their commitment to their clients, delegates, members and partners is without question the best in the world and is key to Glasgow’s success in this market. We love working with everyone in their team and look forward to the next amazing 10 years!”
Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “Congratulations to GCMB’s Convention Bureau on securing this award for the tenth year in a row. The accolade is completely deserved. The number of conferences won and delivered by the bureau and city partners over the last decade has been a key factor in Glasgow’s economic success.
“This year has an exciting calendar conferences spanning varied subject matters and specialisms as the city continues to grow its reputation as a world class host city.
“We would like to extend our congratulations to all involved at GCMB, and hope to see their hard work recognised for yet another decade.”
Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “This is tremendous news for Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. The entire team at GCMB are true ambassadors for Glasgow, consistently delivering an exciting pipeline of major conferences and events. The economic benefits that they bring to Glasgow and its people are very significant, and the bureau has certainly helped the airport’s growth in recent years.
“The fact that the team has won this award for the past nine years demonstrates how popular they are and the huge impact they have on the city, and they truly deserve to win it ten years in a row. I would like to warmly congratulate GCMB on winning for this prestigious award once again.”
Denis MacCann, General Manager of Radisson Blu and Co-Chair of the Greater Glasgow Hotels Association (GGHA), said: “Congratulations to the team at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, winning this award once is amazing, but ten times consecutively is unprecedented.
“The hotel sector benefits from conventions taking place in the city massively, and the GGHA and its members work closely with the city through GCMB. Congratulations to the team and the city, this award is testament to your outstanding work.”
Ryan James, Chairman of the Glasgow Restaurant Association (GRA), said: “The conventions market is a significant financial contributor to Glasgow’s economy and provides lucrative opportunities for restauranteurs and other city businesses.
“This win, and holding onto this prestigious title for a decade, showcases the merits of the team at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and their expertise in positioning the city as a world-class conference destination in a market which is fiercely competitive.”
Glasgow Taxis vice-chairman Stephen Flynn, said: “The city of Glasgow has been transformed over the past decade and much of that is down to the way the brand has been built and developed and the city is so effectively marketed, across the UK, Europe and internationally.
“What is very telling is that nobody is looking back to Glasgow 2014 and wishing we could go back – rather, everyone is enjoying a vibrant 2016 and looking forward with confidence to the many large scale congresses we have coming to Glasgow this year and in the years ahead.
“Glasgow Taxis Ltd has enjoyed excellent working partnerships with the city throughout this decade and it would be truly fitting if this award is won for the tenth year in a row.”
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