Welcome to Glasgow, Scotland’s conference city.
Glasgow regularly hosts more international association delegates than any other UK city outside London and is a popular host city for prestigious UK associations and corporate brands to meet.
Glasgow is also a city that is easy to get to, being just over three hours from northern England hubs by train or just over an hour by air.
A variety of purpose-built conference venues and cultural programme options offer a unique taste of Scotland. Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural powerhouse, home to a wide variety of Scotland’s major arts organisations such as Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
The city works well for meetings of all sizes and budgets, where delegates can enjoy the ‘World’s Friendliest City’ in ‘the Most Beautiful Country in the world’ (Rough Guide). Voted Best UK Convention Bureau for the last 12 years at the annual the M&IT Awards, Glasgow’s experienced Convention Bureau team continuously develops its city-wide strategic partnerships, world leading Glasgow Conference Ambassador Programme and bespoke public engagement activities to support clients to host a successful and memorable meeting in Glasgow.
Being sustainable at a conference is important for event organisers and delegates alike. Glasgow in Old Scots means ‘Dear Green Place’ and was the first city in the UK to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability Index, ranking in the top 10 of green conference cities. Delegates and conference organisers can be assured of a sustainable experience when meeting in Glasgow.
Glasgow is a city brimming with medical innovations. In the UK, Glasgow has the largest academic community outside London and conducts world leading research in the fields of life sciences, engineering, science and technology. This supports Glasgow’s universities and hospitals in maintaining their position in the field of medical research and practice and in doing so the city has become a natural home for conferences in these areas.
The city has also been at the epicentre of medical innovation for centuries. Glasgow’s universities boast alumni such as Sir David Livingstone the celebrated medical missionary, Sir William Macewen who conducted the world’s first bone graft and successful removal of a brain tumour, Lord John Boyd Orr who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in establishing the link between poverty, poor nutrition and health and the UK’s first female medical professor, Dame Louise McIlroy.
Glasgow is a great example of a city that understands the relevance of its knowledge hub economy and this can add value to the meetings that take place in the city. The Glasgow Convention Bureau can help connect conference organisers with a variety of stakeholders across the city’s academic, medical and business community to promote and support the conference.