EVCOM Member, The Scottish Event Campus (SEC), continues to secure new conference business for the future in partnership with Glasgow Convention Bureau and the city’s academic institutions. The business secured amounts to 189,944 participant days for the city and will contribute £144m to Glasgow’s economy. These wins will also deliver £168m and £196m to the Scottish and UK economies respectively.

Major international and UK conferences won since the end of last year will take place between 2021 and 2026 and range in size from 300-8,500 delegates. These include the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping; Royal College of Nursing, and CASE Europe, all for 2022. Three new conferences have been secured in the last two weeks.

Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at the SEC, said: “Whilst this has been a challenging time as we work with clients around the world to reschedule as many events as possible affected by Covid-19, we are continuing to strengthen the business pipeline for years to come. These wins are testament to the relentless teamwork with our key city partners and academic community and demonstrate the ongoing need for people to attend events in person.

“What’s more, securing new dates for COP26 in 2021 provides a welcome boost for the city as we move forward and highlights the importance of conferences in driving social and economic progress.”

Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “It has been widely recognised that these recent weeks have been a huge struggle for the Tourism and Events industry in our city, so it is reassuring to see that conference organisers continue to be confident that face to face meetings are still valuable and important to the future vision and mission of their organisation.

“It is important that we continue to secure high profile conferences that are aligned to the city’s key sectors and areas of academic research excellence, as they will support the socio-economic recovery of the city in the medium to long term.”

Congratulations to our members, SEC, for securing these conferences. To echo Aileen Crawford, it is really encouraging to see people making plans for large scale events in the future. Face to face events are invaluable and in these challenging times, this serves as a reminder of exactly that!

Source: SEC Media Release

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