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Communications Manager at Glasgow Convention Bureau
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About Glasgow Convention Bureau
Glasgow is one of the world’s leading conference destinations and, today, business tourism contributes significantly to the city’s economy. In the 2017/18 financial year, Glasgow won 500 new international and UK conferences through to 2022 worth £143 million.
Glasgow Convention Bureau is the city’s primary point of contact for conference organisers, working with partners on more than 100 bids for major UK and international conferences each year.
In March 2018, Glasgow Convention Bureau was named the UK’s Best Convention Bureau for a record 12th consecutive year. Glasgow was voted number one ahead of strong competition, in a UK-wide poll conducted by the influential industry magazine, M&IT.
Since first winning the M&IT title in 2007, Glasgow Convention Bureau has worked with industry, academic, city and national partners to deliver over £1 billion worth of business to Glasgow. That equates to securing more than 3,500 domestic and international conferences, with some 1.3 million conference delegates having spent more than four million nights in the city’s hotels.
Reflecting Glasgow’s position as a conference powerhouse, a report issued in May 2018 by leading industry body the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) showed that Glasgow attracted more international delegates in 2017 than major competitors including the likes of New York City, Zurich and Dubai and held more international conferences than Frankfurt am Main, Moscow and The Hague.
A key component of Glasgow’s success is the growing strength of the city’s Conference Ambassador Programme. Managed by Glasgow Convention Bureau, it supports in excess of 1,600 influential ambassadors – drawn from the city’s academic, scientific, medical and business communities – enabling them to persuade their own associations to host a conference in Glasgow. In 2017/18, the programme contributed 40% of all conference business won by Glasgow.
In August 2016, Glasgow became the first city in the UK to be included in a new sustainability ranking of 35 leading international conference destinations alongside the likes of Houston, Sydney, Kyoto, Barcelona, Geneva, Helsinki, Stockholm and Frankfurt.
The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), in collaboration with the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and Professional Conference Organiser MCI Group, aims to bring destinations together to benchmark and improve the social and environmental performance of their respective meetings industries by highlighting best practice and promoting responsible business tourism.
Glasgow currently ranks 4th on the GDS-Index and by the end of 2018, Glasgow will have hosted 38 energy, sustainability and low carbon industry-related conferences over a 24 month period; delivering nearly 50,000 delegate days and boosting the city’s economy by more than £18.5 million.
In December 2016, Glasgow received the coveted Chairmen’s Award at the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers’ (ABPCO) prestigious annual Excellence Awards for the city’s innovative ‘Tomorrow’s Bureau, Today’ campaign – a year-long initiative championing the next generation of conventions measurement and demonstrating the legacy impact of conferences.