Glasgow will host UKinbound’s Annual Convention next year (February 6-8, 2019).
It will be the first time in 31 years that the trade association has held its annual conference in the Scottish city.
The decision is part of UKinbound’s commitment to promoting all corners of the UK, and will mean that more than 260 of the association’s members will converge on Glasgow for the three-day business event.
Delegates, representing travel trade buyers and tour operators from across Glasgow’s key international visitor markets, will attend industry debates, B2B workshops and addresses from leading keynote speakers, as well as a black-tie gala dinner, during which the association’s annual Awards for Excellence will be announced.
Hosting next year’s convention will help Glasgow’s ambitions to increase its tourism economy.
Glasgow’s bid to host the event was led by Glasgow Life with support from Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Airport, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise.
Glasgow Life is a charity that delivers services on behalf of Glasgow City Council, and it aims to develop the city’s culture and sport.
UKinbound and Glasgow Life will arrange familiarisation trips for delegates to showcase Glasgow’s tourism offer.
Deirdre Wells, UKinbound’s chief executive, said: “Glasgow presented an impressive bid, showing its desire to engage with the travel trade and a willingness to work with us to implement a long-term tourism strategy.
“Substantial support has been given by its attractions and hotels, and throughout the whole tender process the city showed immense flexibility and a passion to work with us.”
Councillor David McDonald, chair of Glasgow Life and deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, added: “Glasgow Life has enjoyed a strong and productive relationship with UKinbound for some time and together we are continuing to deliver a programme of successful industry events in the city.
“Our partnership provides the foundation for Glasgow’s engagement with the wider UK travel trade and is integral to attracting more international visitors; boosting our tourism economy and creating jobs.”
Picture of the Clyde in Glasgow © VisitBritain/VisitScotland.