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Glasgow Conference Ambassador Programme worth £650m to city's economy as it celebrates milestone 30th anniversary

Glasgow's Conference Ambassador Programme was founded in 1990 as the first of its kind in the UK

Glasgow’s Conference Ambassador Programme was founded in 1990 as the first of its kind in the UK.

The unique programme is a free support and advice service, managed by Glasgow Convention Bureau, aimed at supporting local academics, scientists, healthcare professionals and business people through the complex process of bringing a conference to Glasgow.

As the Programme celebrates its milestone 30th anniversary this year, new figures show how valuable it continues to be.

With over 1,600 members today, some 141 conferences – representing 35% of all meetings held in Glasgow in the last calendar year – were led by a local conference ambassador.

And that equates to attracting 56,000 UK and international delegates whose spend in the city injected £75m into Glasgow’s economy in 2019.

Moreover, since 2005 – the point at which Glasgow Convention Bureau began tracking the economic value of the city’s Conference Ambassador Programme – local ambassadors have brought more than 1,700 conferences from across a variety of sectors to Glasgow worth a staggering £650m.

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2020 looks set to be another busy year for Glasgow’s Conference Ambassador Programme, with the city welcoming a number of major ambassador-led conferences including:

  • The Scientific Meeting of the European and International Society of Hypertension from May 29th to June 1st
  • The Forum of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) from July 11th-15th
  • The Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) from September 7th-9th

Businesses and academics who are interested in working with or joining Glasgow’s Conference Ambassador Programme can find out more about the support and services available here. 

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