Convention Bureau reports best ever results

22 Jul 2019

New figures released show Glasgow attracted more conference business in the past financial year than ever before.

Year-end data from Glasgow Convention Bureau reinforces the importance of business tourism to the city's economy.

Over 530 conferences were held in Glasgow in 2018/19, bringing nearly 160,000 delegates to the city. Collectively, UK and international meetings were worth just over £150m in delegate spend, reflecting Glasgow's most successful conference year-to-date.

Another recent report from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) showed that Glasgow attracted more international delegates in the 2018 calendar year than any other UK city, outside London.

Over 30,000 overseas delegates visited Glasgow last year, placing it 34th overall in ICCA's index of 400 cities.

Janice Fisher, Joint Chair of the Greater Glasgow Hoteliers' Association said,

"Such positive year-end results reflect Glasgow's position as one of the world's premier conference destinations and nowhere is the value of business and leisure tourism more apparent than in our hotel sector. 

Six new developments have added more than 1,000 new hotel rooms to the city's accommodation stock in the past 18 months and another 1,900 rooms are in the pipeline by 2021, yet demand from delegates and tourists continues to outstrip supply".