Glasgow enjoyed a record-breaking night at the prestigious Meeting and Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards on Friday (March 1).
Winning a trio of top awards, Glasgow Convention Bureau was once again named the UK’s Best Convention Bureau – for the 13th consecutive year – while the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) was crowned Best UK Conference Centre and the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) collected bronze in the Best Academic Venue category.
Glasgow Convention Bureau, which is part of Glasgow Life, beat off strong competition to secure the coveted title ahead of Newcastle-Gateshead Convention Bureau; London & Partners; Liverpool Convention Bureau and Marketing Edinburgh.
Recognised as the business tourism sector’s ‘Oscars’, the M&IT Awards are voted for by more than 4,500 meetings industry professionals across the UK.
Glasgow Convention Bureau is the city’s primary point of contact for conference organisers, working with partners on more than 100 bids for major UK and international conferences each year.
Since first winning the M&IT title in 2007, Glasgow Convention Bureau has worked with industry, academic, 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.
Glasgow is one of the world’s leading conference destinations and, today, business tourism contributes significantly to the city’s economy. By the end of the current financial year (2018/19), Glasgow is forecast to have secured more than 150 new international and UK conferences through to 2024 worth £260m.