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The World Federation of Hemophilia 2018 World Congress to boost Glasgow’s economy by £8.4 million as city gets set to welcome 4,000 delegates


The largest international meeting for the global bleeding disorders community, the WFH 2018 World Congress, is coming to Glasgow this week bringing 4,000 delegates from over 134 countries.

The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel will host the association’s 10th Global National Member Organisation training event for over 180 delegates from 17 – 19 May before the Scottish Event Campus welcomes the 4,000 delegates attending the main congress 20 – 24 May. Combined, these meetings are expected to provide a boost of £8.4million to the city’s economy.

The WFH congress will bring together people from a wide range of professional backgrounds including haematologists, paediatricians, orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, physiotherapists, dentists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, geneticists, laboratory technicians, researchers, scientists, policy makers, and advocates, as well as members living with haemophilia who will make up roughly 10% of delegates. 

To ensure Glasgow gives the warmest welcome possible to all attendees, Glasgow Convention Bureau partnered with Glasgow Welcomes and VisitScotland to offer free, bespoke awareness sessions delivered by experts from the haemophilia community. The educational sessions were designed to help customer facing staff better understand the requirements of delegates who will soon be arriving in Glasgow and using services such as hotels, restaurants and taxis as well as visiting museums, art galleries and other attractions in their free time. 

It is a privilege to welcome The World Federation of Hemophilia to Glasgow for its 2018 Congress. Welcoming such a prestigious international conference further cements our reputation as one of the world’s leading conventions cities and highlights Glasgow’s position at the epicentre of medical innovation and world-leading research. Furthermore, the training sessions for Glasgow’s tourism and hospitality businesses which were delivered by experts from the haemophilia community will leave a lasting legacy on the city benefitting both Glaswegians and future visitors.
Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau
The remarkable efforts made by so many in Glasgow to ensure that our community can join us at the WFH World Congress is very much appreciated. The welcoming and helpful spirit of all people we worked with in Glasgow in preparing for our congress has been very much appreciated by all employees and volunteers of the WFH.
Alain Baumann, CEO of the World Federation of Hemophilia
We are honoured to host the Global National Member Organisation training event at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel. Our team are busy finalising each and every detail to ensure that all the delegates and their specific needs are totally met, enabling them to have a successful and enjoyable event. Our vision to be an international centre of excellence for medical and healthcare conferences, our proximity to Glasgow airport and our role as part of NHS Scotland meant that we were the ideal venue to host this global training meeting. We are looking forward to warmly welcoming all the delegates on the 17th May and delivering a memorable event for the WFH. We are delighted to be part of Team Glasgow working closely with the Glasgow Convention Bureau on this important congress for the City.
Bronagh Bell, Director of the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel


Notes to editors

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 over 100 bids for major UK and international conferences each year.

Glasgow Convention Bureau has been recognised as the UK’s Best Convention Bureau for the past 12 years 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, academia, 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.

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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