Glasgow is the UK’s Best Convention Bureau for the 11th year running
Glasgow is home to the UK’s Best Convention Bureau for the 11th year running after being awarded the title at the 30th anniversary of the Meeting & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards.
Following a UK-wide poll, conducted by M&IT Magazine, Glasgow’s convention team was recognised for the delivery of over £1 billion worth of business to the city since first winning the title in 2007.
Glasgow was voted number one against strong competition from London & Partners, Liverpool Convention Bureau, Marketing Manchester, Newcastle-Gateshead Convention Bureau and Convention Edinburgh.
Over 3,500 domestic and international conferences have been secured since 2007, bringing 1.3 million delegates to the city with over four million stays in Glasgow hotels.
In the last financial year, the city had the best ever annual return with 513 new conferences secured until 2022, equating to £141 million return for the city.
The 2021 International Congress of Paediatrics, the 2019 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and the 2018 National Cancer Research Institute Congress are among conferences won in the current financial year which will generate £21.5 million for the local economy.
Aileen Crawford, Head of Glasgow’s Convention Bureau, said: “Winning this award 11 times is unprecedented and reinforces our reputation not just as the UK’s conference capital, but as a world-class conventions centre.
“The M&IT Awards are recognised as the industry’s ‘Oscars’ and 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.
“With the launch of the city’s new tourism plan, and with business on our books to 2022 and bids in planning as far out as 2026, Glasgow’s capability and credibility in the global conventions market is stronger than ever before – and this award ensures we will continue to grow from a position of strength.
“Through continued innovation and collaboration, Glasgow’s conventions team will continue to drive the city’s competitive advantage; delivering a clear message to the meetings industry that Glasgow is open for business.”