Glasgow announces £150m revenue from conference business

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Glasgow hosted the World Down's Syndrome Congress Glasgow hosted the World Down's Syndrome Congress

Glasgow Convention Bureau has reported its best-ever year-end results with conference business generating more than £150 million for the city.

The new figures reveal that Glasgow attracted more conference business in the past financial year than it ever has done before.

Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “Glasgow understands the importance and value of its knowledge base economy, and these results are a clear endorsement of the confidence that the global meetings industry has in our city, particularly in key sectors like life sciences, engineering and sustainability, which account for more than 50% of our conference business.

“Many of these conferences are secured with the support of our world-class academic ambassadors who invite their international peers to meet here.”

Between 2018 and 2019, Glasgow hosted more than 530 conferences which brought almost 160,000 delegates to Scotland’s largest city. The end of year figures supports a report released last month by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) that stated Glasgow attracted more international delegates in the 2018 calendar year than any other UK city, outside of London.

These international conventions included the World Down’s Syndrome Congress and the World Federation of Haemophilia, as well as national events such as 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 £17m.

Professor Owen Sansom, director at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research and co-chair of the 2018 NCRI Conference, said: “Scotland’s reputation as a centre for ground-breaking medical research and development is globally renowned and it’s 10 years since the Beatson Institute – the UK’s most advanced NHS cancer centre – opened its doors in Glasgow, so it was fitting that we brought the NCRI Conference here for the first time last year.

“Glasgow is increasingly being recognised as a first choice host for the world’s most important medical meetings and that reflects the strength of the city’s academic community and the tremendous energy and support from the teams at the SEC and Glasgow Convention Bureau.

“We’re very much looking forward to welcoming our delegates back to Glasgow this year and what’s really exciting is that it will bring together people from all areas of cancer research; from scientists to clinicians as well as cancer survivors, enabling us to make  important connections across specialisms both in the UK and internationally.”

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.


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