The city centre is one of the main drivers of our economy, helping create and sustain employment and securing our position as one of the world's leading cities.
Our city centre generates around one third of the city's GDP. It is home to the most important financial centre in the UK outside of London, the media capital of Scotland with headquarters for major print, radio and TV broadcasting operations and the home of 150,000 jobs.
It is the top retail destination in the UK outside of London, with an incredible £2.6billion being spent in our shops every year.
Business tourism secured by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau since its inception in 2005 has been worth £960million and generated an impressive three million conference delegate hotel room bookings.
The city centre's continued success is based upon a clear vision for growth and a strong partnership between the public and private sectors.
And nowhere is that more evident than with our night-time economy, which attracts on average some 70,000 people on weekend evenings, securing Glasgow's position as one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities.
In recent months we have seen a significant increase in the number of people using the city centre in the evenings.
Between April and August some 16% more people visited the many bars, restaurants, music venues and clubs in the city compared with the same period in 2012.
And this September alone there were some 800,000 visits to the city centre compared with less than 700,000 in the same month last year.
These figures are very positive and come just as the city opened its latest entertainment venue - the iconic SSE Hydro on the banks of the River Clyde.
The Hydro will host some 140 events every year with the potential to inject an additional £131million annually into the local economy.
The city council along with our partners have invested in a number of initiatives to support and develop the evening economy and the experience of our fantastic night-life.
Despite the economic challenges of the past five years our city centre has shown real resilience and we must make sure this continues in the coming years.
That is why Glasgow City Council will shortly be publishing its new City Centre Strategy, which is being developed in partnership with local business and the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce under the guidance of Chief Executive Stuart Patrick, to set out our vision for the future.
The City Centre Strategy, which was led in partnership will build on our successes and ensure that we continue delivering for the people of Glasgow and just as importantly for visitors to the city.
The strategy will combine the long-term strategic approach to regeneration with short-term environmental improvements and projects that will encourage yet more people to use the city centre.
After all, it is people who make Glasgow.