Record breaking year for Glasgow at business tourism industry ‘Oscars’

Glasgow has been named the UK’s Best Convention Bureau for a record-breaking 12th consecutive year at the Meeting & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards.

Glasgow has been named the UK’s Best Convention Bureau for a record-breaking 12th consecutive year at the Meeting & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards.  Alongside this, the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre has been crowned the UK’s Best Academic Venue and the Scottish Event Campus has received Silver in the Best UK Conference Centre category. 

Glasgow Convention Bureau has worked with a number of industry-wide partners to deliver over £1.1 billion worth of business to the city since it first won the title in 2007.  It received the Gold award ahead of NewscastleGateshead Convention Bureau and Liverpool Convention Bureau. London & Partners, Convention Edinburgh and Destination Bristol also received commendations following a UK-wide poll conducted by the influential industry magazine, M&IT.

In the last financial year alone, Glasgow secured 526 conferences for future years through to 2022. This will bring an additional 140,000 business tourists to the city and contribute an estimated £142 million to the city’s economy over the next five years.

Glasgow is recognised as one of the world’s leading conventions cities and this suite of awards from what is widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the events industry reinforces the city’s reputation as the UK’s conference capital.

Winning the award for the UK’s Best Convention Bureau for the 12th consecutive year is unprecedented and it’s fantastic to see two of the city’s world class conferencing facilities picking up Gold and Silver for team Glasgow too.

Indeed, Glasgow’s unrivalled success is testimony to the outstanding partnership working that exists right across our conventions sector - from VisitScotland, the SEC and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, our five universities and the wider business community including Greater Glasgow Hotels Association, Glasgow Restaurant Association, Glasgow Taxis and ScotRail, to name but a few.
Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life

At the end of the last financial year, figures show that the volume of international associations choosing to bring their conference to Glasgow has grown by more than 60% over the past five years.  This is a reflection of the strength and global reach of the city’s academic and business communities and their wider knowledge hub networks.

The University of Strathclyde won Gold for Best Academic Venue over strong competition from the University of Cambridge, Warwick and Nottingham.  

The Technology and Innovation Centre has challenged traditional perceptions of an academic venue, and allows Strathclyde to host regional, national and international meetings on campus – indeed, many now experience Strathclyde for the first time as a conference delegate.

Our vision is to provide a world-class venue which is a platform for knowledge exchange, where Strathclyde academics showcase their research activity and their partnerships with industry and the public sector. Together, we are delivering economic and reputational benefit to the University and to the city of Glasgow.

We’re delighted to have won such a prestigious award after just three years of operation. Best of all, it’s thanks to votes from our loyal and growing client base, which is testimony to the power of putting your customer at the heart of everything you do.
Gordon Hodge, Head of Conferencing and Events at the University of Strathclyde

The Scottish Event Campus also received an award at the event, it picked up Silver for Best UK Conference Centre.

We are delighted to be a part of Glasgow’s success at this years’ M&IT Awards. We are continually investing in our campus and in the experiences that we can help our clients create in partnership with our colleagues across the city. The SEC’s Silver award is testament to the exceptional work our teams put in to drive client satisfaction and the business’ success.
Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at the Scottish Event Campus

Major Conferences won by Glasgow in the current financial year (2017/18) which will be hosted at the Scottish Event Campus include:

  • The International Forum on Quality & Safety in Health Care, which will bring 3,500 delegates to the city and generate nearly £4.3 million for the local economy

  • The Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, which will bring 3,000 delegates to the city and generate nearly £4.9 million for the local economy

  • The British Society for Gastroenterology Annual Conference, which will bring 1,800 delegates to the city and generate approximately £3.7 million for the local economy



Notes to Editor

Glasgow is one of the world’s leading conference destinations and, today, business tourism contributes significantly to the city’s economy. In the 2016/17 financial year, Glasgow won over 500 new international and UK conferences through to 2023 worth £142 million – the city’s best ever annual return. Glasgow Convention Bureau is the city’s primary point of contact for conference organisers, working with partners on over 100 bids for major UK and international conferences each year.

For more information contact:

Laura McLean

Communications Manager at Glasgow Convention Bureau

+44 141 566 0863

+44 7960 989373

[email protected]

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