Glasgow is getting ready to welcome 5,000 attendees from around the UK for the Liberal Democrats’ annual Autumn Conference, which takes place 14-18 September.
The five-day conference at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) will be the largest UK conference held in Glasgow in 2013 and it marks the first time in more than a decade that the party has held its conference in Scotland.
The conference is expected to inject more than £8.5m into the local economy, providing a welcome boost to the city’s hotels, restaurants, shops, bars and other businesses.
The conference, which will close with a keynote speech from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, will include policy debates, fringe events, receptions and an exhibition.
Additionally, the party has confirmed that it will be returning to Glasgow for its 2014 Autumn Conference.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming the Liberal Democrats to Glasgow for their 2013 annual conference,” says Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) Scott Taylor. “With thousands of attendees, influential political figures and the UK’s media set to descend on the city, an event such as this not only has a huge impact on our global profile, it also delivers a significant boost to the local economy.
“We’re also delighted that the Liberal Democrats have chosen to bring their annual conference back to Glasgow in 2014, which will be a momentous year for the city given our hosting of the Commonwealth Games. The announcement further strengthens Glasgow’s reputation for delivering major national and international events and is a clear endorsement of the confidence that the meetings industry has in our city,” he says.
Ben Goedegebuure, Director of Sales at the SECC, adds: “Glasgow is fast becoming the destination of choice for large meetings and forums and we’re delighted to be welcoming such a high profile event to the SECC and Glasgow. Political forums are superb for venues like ours to host; they are dynamic, versatile and use most of the SECC’s conference facilities and campus, which means they get the most out of their event both in the venue and in the destination.”
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