Glasgow Convention Bureau stated that the city has secured 526 conferences through to 2022. The new figures show the increasing value of business tourism to Glasgow’s economy and highlight the city’s growing success in attracting international associations and medical and life sciences meetings. This will bring additional 140,000 business tourists to the city and contribute an estimated £142 million to the local economy over the next five years.

Glasgow Convention Bureau, which is part of Glasgow Life, competes globally to attract conferences to the city and is supported by key partners such as the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow’s universities and the wider business community.

According to the figures, the number of international associations choosing Glasgow annually as their conference destination rose by 63% from 43 to 70 between April 2012 and March this year. The data indicated medical and life sciences conference business had increased by 56% since 2014. It said the 158 conferences secured in 2016/17 alone could contribute £63m to Glasgow’s economy by 2022.

Cllr David McDonald, deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, said:

“Glasgow is now recognized as one of the world’s leading conventions cities. The volume of international associations choosing to bring their conference here has grown by more than 60% over the past five years, which is a reflection of the strength and global reach of our academic and business communities and their wider knowledge hub networks.

Medical and Life sciences sector conferences attracted a record number of delegates to the city in 2016/17 and it was the best-performing sector in terms of the number of conferences confirmed for future years – that’s because we’re at the epicentre of medical innovation and world-leading research.”