2000 ambassadors help make Glasgow a convention hot spot

ONE of the city council's biggest success stories is Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

It was set up by the local authority in 2005 to showcase the city's reputation as a world-class place in which to live, work, study and invest, and to visit.

This week, councillors will be reminded just how successful the bureau has been under chief executive Scott Taylor.

The prospect of a technical conference would have most of us running in the opposite direction. But conferences are big business and Glasgow has increasingly become a top venue for academics and business leaders from across the world.

Since it was established, the Marketing Bureau has won 2200 domestic and international conferences, boosting the city's coffers by £1billion. More than 800,000 delegates have spent 3.3million nights in hotels and spent money in pubs, restaurants and shops. Delegates account for one in five hotel bed occupancies in Glasgow.

Part of the city's success in attracting so many high-spending conferences is down to an influential network of more than 2000 high-powered ambassadors.

They are leaders in their fields, drawn from the city's academic, scientific, medical and business communities, and are supported by the Marketing Bureau's conventions team to persuade their industries and associations to host a conference in the city.

It is hardly surprising that the Glasgow operation has been named the UK's best convention bureau for seven years in a row.

But while the conference sector is booming, there is little sign of developers having confidence in the city. In previous years, the first planning meeting after the council's summer recess would have been bursting at the seams with applications.

THIS year, there were only three items on the agenda and the next meeting, scheduled for tomorrow, has been cancelled due to lack of business.

In recent years, non-contentious planning applications have been decided by officials rather than councillors to speed up the process. But before the recession hit, there would still have been enough major schemes in the pipeline to keep the committee occupied.

Elsewhere, council leader Gordon Matheson was at the launch of a scheme to persuade firms to employ former members of the Armed Forces.

The local authority is to pay a percentage of their wages for up to a year.

More than 100 former servicemen and women were snapped up for jobs at the City Chambers' event, and it seems likely many more will find work soon.

It is almost certain other local authorities will now follow Glasgow's lead, offering hope to people who badly need a break.

Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

133683

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

I’m loving the Games from the opening ceremony to presenting the rhythmic gymnastics at the Hydro

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

The sun always shines in Glasgow in July...honest

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.