Tourism opportunities Glasgow

The city of Glasgow attracts around 2.8 million visitors who generate £700 million for the local economy. Business tourism has seen the biggest growth.  Convention sales reached £148 million for 2006/2007, more than double the sales in the previous year. 

The target over the next 10 years is to achieve up to 80% growth in tourism business.  In support of this there is a need to attract more hotels to the city.

Clyde Waterfront is also playing an important role in developing the tourism product. The Clyde Waterfront Heritage (opens in new window) project is designed to attract visitors to the area.  Key attractions already in the area are the SECC and Glasgow Science Centre (open in new window). 

The site is being prepared for the new Riverside Museum at Glasgow Harbour and this free attraction will be joined by a retail and leisure complex currently being planned by retail experts Peel Holdings.  The Kelvingrove New Century project demonstrates Glasgow's skills in developing major attractions.  Within 6 months of re-opening, the museum and gallery had welcomed 2 million visitors.

At Braehead near Renfrew, Xscape (opens in new window) opened in 2006 with the star attraction of an indoor real snow ski slope supported by climbing attractions, bowling, golf and football experiences plus restaurants, bars and shops.

In Clydebank the Titan Crane, one of five huge cranes on the Clyde, has been refurbished. Visitors are able to walk along the jib and look out over the river.

Nearer the city centre The Quay leisure park has been expanding to include additional restaurants and a major casino.

There are many smaller business opportunities in Glasgow and surrounding waterfront areas, with mixed-use developments including cafés, restaurants and bars.  For example Quay India opened in 2005 as part of the Lancefield Quay residential development.