Glasgow Triumphs at Prestigious Conference Awards

03 Feb 2010

In a poll for the influential industry magazine Meetings & Incentive Travel, Glasgow took the top title ahead of Newcastle Gateshead Convention Bureau, Yorkshire South Tourism and Conference Torquay at RICC.

Previous contenders London, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham failed to make the shortlist in the category this year.

And there was more good news when the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) took silver in the Best UK Conference Centre category.

The awards are considered highly prestigious because they are voted for by more than 3,000 meetings industry professionals and were presented at a gala dinner on Feb 22 at the Novotel London West Hotel attended by more than 600 industry leaders from around the world.

Councillor Steven Purcell, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, commented: "As an industry-led accolade, the M&IT Award is a clear endorsement of the confidence that the meetings industry has in Glasgow.

"For GCMB to have won this award four years in a row clearly demonstrates that Glasgow leads the way in the UK conference market.

"In the last year we have secured conventions business valued at more than £100 million in economic benefit for Glasgow and Scotland.

"Developing our conventions industry will continue to form an integral part of Glasgow's economic strategy."

Ben Goedegebuure, Director of Sales of the SECC, said: "Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine represents key buyers of conferences and exhibitions across the UK and beyond; our success in these awards is testament to the continually high standard of events we put on in Glasgow."

Latest figures from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) show that in 2008, Glasgow was the UK's international conference capital, attracting more international delegates than any other British city.

A full list of winners can be found at www.meetpie.com

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