Our reputation as a welcoming city, along with our first class facilities, have attracted the organisers of four international events - all of which will be held in Glasgow this month.
The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the jewel in the crown of our 2014 Commonwealth Games venues, hosted the 2013 Junior Track World Championships earlier this month. This past weekend hundreds of pipe bands descended onto Glasgow Green to take part in the World Pipe Band Championships. It's estimated that this event brings around £10m of spending to the city, giving a major boost to our shops, hotels and restaurants.
The Emirates Arena will also host the World Youth Netball Championship, followed by the Street Dance World Championships. These large sporting events will allow our city to prepare for the spotlights of the world on us during next year's Commonwealth Games, and show the versatility of these venues.
August can also be a nerve-wracking month for young people - with the dreaded exam results. I am very proud that Glasgow's young people are doing better than ever before in their Standard Grades and Highers.
This year saw an increase in the number of pupils earning five or more Standard Grades at credit level, as well as an increase in S5 and S6 pupils achieving three or more Highers.
THESE excellent results have led to a record number of Scots being accepted to Scottish Universities.
This year 25,550 Scottish students have accepted a place since the Highers results day.
It is fantastic that our young people recognise the lifetime benefits and opportunities offered by university, and that Scottish students do not have the sky-high tuition fees whichface students at universities south of the border.
You should all be proud of your achievements and if things didn't quite go to plan don't worry - exam results won't define you or your life. If there is a will there is a way.
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics offer positive news for Scotland's young people, as youth unemployment continues to fall.
Scotland is also performing better than the UK across all labour market measures for young people, and the Scottish Government will continue to keenly focus on boosting employment for our young people and ensuring there are opportunities for all.
The State of the Economy Report states that there are growing signs of a global recovery which is starting to take root in 2013.
The report also shows that Scotland is outperforming the UK in terms of output, and we all hope that this productivity continues.
However, growth across the UK remains fragile, and the Westminster Government continues to tread the path of austerity and cuts rather than economic recovery.
Only with the full economic levers of an independent country could we do more to put Scotland on a secure road to recovery.