GLASGOW’S PROFILE AS A TOP INTERNATIONAL
TOURISM DESTINATION HAS GONE FROM
STRENGTH TO STRENGTH. BUSINESS TOURISM,
WORLD-CLASS RETAIL, MAJOR ATTRACTIONS
AND GLOBAL EVENTS ARE ALL DRIVING
DEMAND FOR ADDITIONAL HOTEL ROOMS.
THE CITY IS NOW WIDELY RECOGNISED AS ONE
OF THE WORLD’S MUST-VISIT DESTINATIONS.
SCOTLAND’S LARGEST CITY AND BUSINESS CAPITAL. IN 2014
GLASGOW ATTRACTED 2.7M INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC
TOURISTS, GENERATING £687M FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY.
TOP IN THE UK
FIRST-CHOICE HOST FOR MAJOR
INTERNATIONAL EVENTS AND
CONFERENCES WITH CONFIRMED
BUSINESS UNTIL 2022 AND BIDDING
FOR BUSINESS UP TO 2026.
SSE HYDRO IS
(BILLBOARD) AND 3RD
IN THE ‘TOP 100
WELCOME TO GLASGOW
UK’S FIRST UNESCO CITY
OF MUSIC HOSTING 130
MUSIC EVENTS EVERY WEEK.
ENSURING WORLD-CLASS CUSTOMER
SERVICE WITH ITS INDUSTRY-LED
INITIATIVE – ‘GLASGOW WELCOMES’.
Glasgow’s fully rounded economy generates
travellers for commerce, leisure, conventions
and events year round. This is not a seasonal city
with an August peak; it’s a flourishing destination
where hotels enjoy year round high occupancy.
Glasgow ranks in the top 75 of the world’s financial centres,
and is home to world-class financial companies such as JP
Morgan, Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Barclays Wealth and Santander
who run major operations here.
It’s also home to global brands, including Jacobs Engineering,
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Iberdrola, Lockheed Martin,
GlaxoSmithKline, Dell and O2. As a result, corporate business
travellers represent 32% of hotel room occupancy in Glasgow.
SCOTLAND’S CONVENTION CAPITAL
Glasgow’s reputation as a tourism, convention and events
centre is well founded. A host of world-class hotels can be found
in the city. These include Hilton, Marriott, Radisson Blu, Crowne
Plaza, Hotel du Vin, citizenM and Malmaison.
Glasgow has the capacity and credibility to welcome more
conference delegates than every other Scottish city combined,
making it a premier European business tourism destination.
In 2014/15 this amounted to more than 350,000 delegate days
– a 13% growth year on year (financial year 2013/14 more than
310,000 delegate days). Conferences are confirmed in the city
to 2022, with bids in place until 2026. Delegates account for
one in five hotel room bookings.
There are more than 7,100 rooms in the city centre, with an
average occupancy rate of 81.7% (STR Global, 2015). With a
range of exciting new developments – either recently opened,
coming to fruition soon or planned - from hotel brands including
Accor, Hampton by Hilton, Dakota Deluxe, Radisson Red, Motel
One and Innside by Melia, Glasgow will add almost 1,500 hotel
rooms to its accommodation stock. As a major event hot-spot,
however, more hotel rooms are required to meet current and
future demand in the city.
OUTPERFORM KEY EUROPEAN
PARIS, ROME, BARCELONA,
VIENNA & AMSTERDAM.
(ROUGH GUIDES 2014)
ONE IN FIVE GUESTS IN A HOTEL
ARE HIGH YIELD DELEGATES.
30 NEW DIRECT ROUTES
FOR 2016 INCLUDE MONTREAL,
TORONTO, MARSEILLE AND
SEOUL, OPENING GLASGOW
UP TO EVEN MORE VISITORS.
VISITOR SATISFACTION HAS
RISEN YEAR-ON-YEAR AND IN
2014 IS AT A NINE-YEAR HIGH.
With a can-do attitude, a commitment to being the most businessfriendly
city in the UK, and two million visitors a year – it’s people that
make Glasgow different.
READY FOR BUSINESS
Top businesses choose Glasgow for many reasons.
They say it’s because of the quality and loyalty of the
flexible and qualified workforce, the cosmopolitan
feel of a large city, great access, world-class and
cost-effective office space and one of the most
sophisticated and competitive telecommunications
environments in Europe.
• since 2011, the city has received more than £10.5
billion in capital investment across housing, retail,
health, education, hotels, offices and leisure.
• an economic powerhouse – Glasgow generates
£19.3 billion gross value added (GVA) every year to
Scotland’s economy, representing 16.3% of
• from 2013 to 2014 Glasgow’s GVA increased by 7%
- the highest increase of any UK city.
Glasgow is a leading light in sustainability and
resilience. It is:
• the first and only Scottish city to secure City Deal
funding from the UK and Scottish Governments.
£1.13 billion will fund major infrastructure projects,
drive innovation, address challenges in the region’s
labour market and lever £3.3 billion of private
• making clever use of smart technologies and data
to grow the economy and enhance quality of life
through the £24 million Future Glasgow project
which is now delivering practical benefits for
residents, public services, businesses and visitors
as well as attracting high value, hi-tech jobs to
the city. Glasgow received the Geospatial World
Excellence Award 2015 for its transformation into a
‘smart city of the future’.
• highly qualified and flexible workforces – it’s what
every employer needs. Glasgow’s one of Europe’s
top ten cities for business friendliness and human
resources and fDi Magazine’s runner up in the ‘Top
Large European City for Business Friendliness’.
• excellent transport links – the city is served by
three international airports with direct flights from
over 135 destinations. Once you arrive, getting
about is easy by road and rail.
• office, leisure and retail space – to suit every
type and size of business – and exciting new
development opportunities too.
• setting its sights on becoming one of Europe’s most
climate-ready regions. Communities across the
region are being transformed and future-proofed
as a result of investment in green networks,
incorporating sustainable urban drainage, as well
as large-scale flood prevention schemes.
• one of the first 33 cities selected through the
Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities
Centennial Challenge – one of only five in Europe
and two in the UK.
• home to world class facilities that support the
development of renewable energy solutions.
Implementation of the city’s economic
strategy is led by a private-public,
cross-sector partnership overseeing
the delivery plans for our key growth
industries which are:
• Financial & Business Services
• Low Carbon Industries/Cleantech
• Engineering, Design and Manufacturing
• Tourism & Events
• Life Science
• Higher & Further Education
EXCELLENCE AWARD 2015)
SELECTED THROUGH THE
100 RESILIENT CITIES
Glasgow is the conference capital of Scotland, with the capacity to host
more conferences, and welcome more delegates, than Scotland’s six other
cities combined. In the UK, Glasgow is second only to London in attracting
international conference delegates. The International Conference and Congress
Association ranks Glasgow in the top 40.
One in five bedrooms sold in Glasgow is to a
conference delegate. This is set to increase with
new venues coming on stream. Glasgow’s tourism
business isn’t seasonal; with a year-round conference
calendar, Glasgow is always open for business.
Conference delegates spend significantly more than
short break tourists and are high yield individuals.
21% of delegates are from out-with the UK and
contribute to RevPAR growth.
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) together
with city partners including the SECC, the
universities, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde,
venues and hotels, secured conventions business
worth £140 million in 2014/15 – almost £2.7 million of
new business per week – representing a 3% yearon-year
Between April 2014 and March 2015, GCMB’s
Convention Bureau – which competes worldwide
to bring conference business to Glasgow – worked
with the SECC and a range of city partners to confirm
504 new international and UK conventions through
MAJOR CONFERENCE BUSINESS INCLUDE THE:
• 2016 Royal College of Nursing Annual
• 2016 International Conference on Drug Therapy
• 2016 and 2017 All Energy Exhibition – the largest
renewables event in the UK
• 2018 European Congress on Emergency
• 2019 British Association of Urological Surgeons
• 2022 World Congress of Soil Science
Together these seven conferences will bring
almost 30,000 delegates from across the world
to Glasgow and providing a boost of nearly £40
million to the local economy. (Source: GCMB)
SCOTTISH EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE CENTRE AND THE SSE HYDRO
The opening of The SSE Hydro on the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) campus in Glasgow has boosted the city’s
major event and conference credentials even further. With a total capacity of 12,500, The SSE Hydro plays host to around 140 events
every year (from national and international music mega stars to global entertainment and sporting events) and has the potential
to inject £131 million annually into Glasgow’s economy.
ONE IN FIVE BEDROOMS
SOLD IN GLASGOW IS TO A
THE ABOVE SEVEN CONFERENCES
ALONE PROVIDE A NEAR £40 MILLION
BOOST TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY.
THE SSE HYDRO PLAYS HOST TO
AROUND 140 EVENTS A YEAR.
The SSE Hydro is ranked top global venue by Billboard and ranked 3rd in Pollstar’s “Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues”. This has
boosted visitor numbers to the SECC campus to over 2 million per year. These visitors need to be accommodated and with occupancy
levels at an all-time high, there is an exceptional investment opportunity for additional hotel development in Glasgow.
& GLOBAL EVENTS
ESTIMATED ATTENDANCES AT
MAJOR EVENTS IN GLASGOW 2014/15
Merchant City Festival
Celtic Connections 110,000
Glasgow International Comedy Festival 78,000
Doors Open Day & Wee Open Doors Day 73,000
Glasgow Film Festival 40,000
Piping Live! 40,000
World Pipe Band Championship 32,000
Aye Write! 13,000
Scottish Irish Dancing Championships 7,500
MOST POPULAR VISITOR
ATTRACTIONS IN GLASGOW 2014
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 1,122,000
Riverside Museum 1,047,000
Gallery of Modern Art 622,000
People’s Palace 380,000
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 228,000
The Burrell Collection 172,000
Trongate 103 162,000
St Mungo Museum 127,000
City Halls & Old Fruitmarket 118,000
Provand’s Lordship 79,000
Glasgow museums are free and
attract millions of visitors every year.
Glasgow’s Riverside Museum was
awarded 2013 European Museum
of the Year, the fi rst time a Scottish
museum has been awarded the
Glasgow was crowned top place for UK concerts outside of London in the UK’s top 100 list, compiled
by PRS for music. The city has eight venues in the top 100 list of places to watch gigs − more than any
other UK city, except London.
Glasgow’s calendar of major events and conventions stretches to 2022 and is available online:
All Scotland Irish Dancing
Glasgow Film Festival
Glasgow International Comedy Festival
IPC Swimming World Championships
Merchant City Festival
World Pipe Band Championships
UDO World Street Dancing
2015 World Gymnastic Championships
HSBC IRB World Sevens Series -
West End Festival
Glasgow Film Festival
All Scotland Irish Dancing
Glasgow Indoor Athletics Grand Prix
Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Glasgow Restaurant Festival
Gymnastics World Cup
Betway Premier League Darts
World Irish Dancing Championships
Glasgow International Festival of
West End Festival
Scottish Athletics National
World Street Dance Championships
Glasgow Jazz Festival
2016 Open Championship
Merchant City Festival
World Pipe Band Championships
British & Irish Masters Cross Country
European Curling Championships
Glasgow Badminton Grand Prix
Gymnastics World Cup
Glasgow Retail Festival
8 HOTEL PROSPECTUS
TOP 10 UK DESTINATIONS FOR
RANKING COUNTRY VISITS
No. 1 London 17.4 million
No. 2 Edinburgh 1.6 million
No. 3 Manchester 998,000
No. 4 Birmingham 944,000
No. 5 Glasgow 622,000
No. 6 Liverpool 606,000
No. 7 Oxford 490,000
No. 8 Bristol 447,000
No. 9 Brighton / Hove 423,000
No. 10 Cambridge 418,000
Office for National Statistics: International Passenger Survey (IPS) 2014
WHY PEOPLE VISIT... AND RETURN
In the UK, Glasgow is second only to London’s West End as
a shopping destination. Retail is one of the key drivers of
Glasgow’s success as a tourist destination, with more than half
a million square metres of retail floor space and 3,000 business
units generating a massive turnover of £3.7 billion in 2012,
representing 14% of Scotland’s retail turnover.
In fact, more people work in tourism in Glasgow than any other
Scottish city. 30,000 people work in Glasgow’s tourism industry,
representing 14.5% of the total tourism-related workforce in
Scotland. In addition, 130,000 students are looking for work whilst
they study in the city, over 7,000 of these are studying hospitality,
leisure and tourism related courses. Led by the industry, the city
is investing to deliver truly world-class customer service, through
the ‘Glasgow Welcomes’ Tourism Service Initiative. This will
ensure a highly qualified skills supply for the tourism industry.
Glasgow has overtaken Liverpool as the fifth most visited UK city by international tourists and
ranks ahead of Oxford, Bristol, Brighton, Cambridge, Leeds, York, Cardiff and Newcastle.
ACCOMMODATION BY STAR RATING
Hotels 85 (70%) 31 (25%) 6 (5%)
Bedrooms 5,994 (56%) 3,792 (35%) 898 (8%)
Source – GCMB (2015)
STR GLOBAL FIGURES: 2012-2015
GLASGOW 2012 2013 2014 2015
Occupancy 75.7% 78.5% 82.3% 81.7%
Avg. room rate £59.47 £61.26 £71.91 £71.63
• In 2013, the majority of overseas visitors to Glasgow cited leisure
activity as the reason for their trip (51%); whilst almost a quarter
(27%) visited friends and relatives, and 17% were business
• The majority of UK visitors to Glasgow also cited leisure activity
as the purpose for their visit (55%); whilst 15% were business
travellers and 13% visited friends and relatives.
• UK visitors stay for an average of 2.7 nights; whilst overseas
visitors stay for an average of 5.2 nights.
• More than half of all visitors to the city stay for two nights or
more. Glasgow also compares strongly to other European cities
appearing in the Top 10 for average hotel occupancy rates.
Revenue per available room £45.05 £48.08 £59.16 £58.49
GLASGOW’S TOP 10 INTERNATIONAL VISITOR MARKETS (2014)
SPEND (MILLIONS) NUMBER OF ROOM NIGHTS NUMBER OF VISITS
RANKING COUNTRY VISITS RANKING COUNTRY VISITS
RANKING COUNTRY VISITS
No. 1 USA £38m No. 1 Poland 402,000 No. 1 USA 98,000
No. 2 China £23m No. 2 USA 388,000 No. 2 Germany 63,000
In 2014 Glasgow attracted 2.7 million
international and domestic tourists, generating
£687 million for the local economy. Almost
a quarter of visitors to Glasgow are from
overseas with the largest proportions from the
USA, Germany, Poland, Canada and Australia.
Source: General Register Office for Scotland
No. 3 Australia £23m
No. 4 Germany £14m
No. 5 Canada £14m
No. 6 Poland £9m
No. 7 Spain £8m
No. 8 New Zealand £8m
No. 3 Australia 285,000
No. 4 China 210,000
No. 5 Germany 206,000
No. 6 Canada 183,000
No. 7 Sweden 134,000
No. 8 India 120,000
No. 3 Poland 47,000
No. 4 Canada 41,000
No. 5 Australia 39,000
No. 6 Netherlands 32,000
No. 7 Ireland 24,000
No. 8 Spain 22,000
No. 9 India £6m
No. 9 Spain 91,000
No. 9 Italy 21,000
No. 10 Italy £6m
No. 10 Netherlands 82,000
No. 10 France 19,000
10 HOTEL PROSPECTUS
GLASGOW’S SHORT BREAK LEISURE TOURISTS ARE ATTRACTED TO THE CITY FOR:
Glasgow was recently voted the ‘friendliest city in the world’ in a Rough
Guides poll and named a must visit destination by leading publications
like the New York Times, The Guardian and Wanderlust.
Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, where business, sport
and international culture flourish. The city that inspired the art nouveau genius, Charles
Rennie Mackintosh, is now a dynamic 21st century metropolis.
A SHOPPING MECCA
With more than half a million square metres of retail floor
space, Glasgow is the UK’s largest and most successful
shopping location outside of London and the retail footprint
is growing by a further 25%.
FOOD & DRINK
Glasgow’s food and drink scene is vibrant and firmly part
of the city’s unique culture. Glasgow’s culinary offering is
imaginative and cosmopolitan and the range of choice for
visitors is breath taking, with new restaurants popping up
all the time. This distinctive food and drink experience is
guaranteed to enhance the visitor experience in the city.
Home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National
Theatre of Scotland, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet, and an internationally
acclaimed reputation in contemporary art, design and music.
A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR VISUAL ARTS
Seven Turner Prize winners, including the 2014 winner, and 11
nominees have lived, trained or worked in the city in recent
years. Due to the city’s track record of success at the event,
it was chosen to host the Turner Prize Awards in 2015.
A UNESCO CITY OF MUSIC
A UNESCO City of Music since 2008; the first UK city and
one of only six in the world. Glasgow is a city with secondto-none
music credentials, having secured events such as
the MTV Europe Music Awards and the MOBOs. There are
130 music events every week in Glasgow; music generates
an estimated £75 million for the city’s economy each year.
EUROPE’S FINEST CIVIC ART COLLECTIONS
Two of the finest civic art collections can be found in
Glasgow, at the Burrell Collection and Kelvingrove Art
Gallery and Museum.
WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION FACILITIES
Home to five higher education institutions and three super
colleges which attract over 130,000 students every year,
and their families.
GREAT NATURAL BEAUTY
The archipelago of the Clyde Coast and Islands and the
Highlands’ stunning scenery is on the city’s doorstop,
just 45 minutes away.
GLASGOW RATES HIGHLY IN
COMPARISON TO OTHER UK CITIES
FOR QUALITY OF LIFE.
Mercer Quality of Life Survey, 2015
‘GLASGOW IS SCRUBBED UP AND
GLEAMING, GLASGOW FLEXES CULTURAL
MUSCLE, ARTFULLY BURNISHING ITS
Glasgow named in 2016 National Geographic Traveller Top 20 Must See Places alongside New York,
the Seychelles and Bermuda. Glasgow is highlighted for its art, architecture and music.
12 HOTEL PROSPECTUS
WORLD CLASS CITY
Miami North America
Montego Bay Bridgetown
Isle of Man
PROUD TO SERVE SCOTLAND
Glasgow is serviced by 2 international airports:
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Connect to Glasgow easily via London,
Amsterdam, Paris, Dubai,
Boa Vista Island
• Glasgow Airport is the UK and Scottish
Airport of the Year 2015.
• Glasgow Airport has approx. 200 flights
• 30 new direct routes for 2016 include
Montreal, Toronto, Marseille and Seoul.
• 358 flights to London per week and up
to 62 flights per day to/from London.
• One-hour flight time to London.
• 7.7 million passengers pass through
Glasgow Airport annually.
• More than £60 million investment in the
airport in over the last four years.
• Glasgow Prestwick International and
Edinburgh International are each 45
minutes from Glasgow City Centre.
• Glasgow Central Station is European Rail
Station of the Year 2014.
• Glasgow Central has connections to all
major English cities.
• London can be reached in four to six
• There are 38 train links a day between
Glasgow and London Euston.
• Glasgow Queen Street station connects
Glasgow to the East and North of
Scotland (Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee,
Aberdeen and Inverness).
• Eight trains go to Edinburgh per hour,
which can be reached in 50 minutes.
• The rail network also serves the scenic
west coast towns and villages.
Glasgow’s digital connectivity can meet and
exceed the most demanding technology
requirements of today’s progressive
companies. Through the implementation of
the Digital Glasgow Project, a collaboration
across industry and the public sector, the
city has aspirations to reach 90% coverage
by 2018, ideally with speeds of 80–
100mbps and thus exceeding the Scottish
Government target of availability of next
generation broadband by 2020.
Glasgow is the first Scottish city to award a
wireless concession available in the city’s
streets and public spaces.
Glasgow’s air, rail and road infrastructure ensures excellent access – and once you arrive you can
move quickly and efficiently throughout the metropolitan area. With most European destinations
within two hours of Glasgow, this offers a short journey time and low cost travel.
DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM NORTH AMERICA
Visitors can travel direct to Glasgow from a number of
destinations including: New York, Philadelphia, Orlando,
Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM THE FAR EAST
Visitors can connect to Glasgow with ease using the twice daily
Emirates flight direct from Dubai to Glasgow.
FLIGHTS TO GLASGOW
AIRPORT TIME TO CITY METHOD OF TRAVEL TO CITY CENTRE
TRAVEL TIMES TO GLASGOW CITY CENTRE (2013) FROM UK CITIES
1 hr, 30 mins
1 hr, 30 mins
1 hr, 15 mins
1 hr, 40 mins
• Shuttle bus from the airport direct to the City Centre every
10 mins, with stops at major hotels.
• Direct bus service from the airport to the SECC every 30 mins.
• Taxis are always available.
Glasgow Prestwick 45 mins • Direct trains every 30 mins to City Centre.
• Frequent bus / train links to Glasgow City Centre every 15 mins.
• A shuttle bus departs from Buchanan Street Bus station
to and from Edinburgh International Airport every 30 mins.
UK CITY DISTANCE BY ROAD TRAIN CAR
Birmingham 289.5 miles (465.9 km) 3:56 4:53
Bristol 371.8 miles (598.4 km) 5:39 6:12
Edinburgh 46.9 miles (75.5km) 0:47 0:59
Leeds 212.7 miles (342.3 km) 3:53 3:59
London 404.6 miles (651.1 km) 4:21 7:23
Manchester 215.9 miles (347.5 km) 3:12 3:56
TOP LARGE EUROPEAN CITY OF THE
Glasgow has achieved an amazing set of results in the
prestigious fDi Magazine ‘European Cities of the Future Awards
2016/17’. In the Large Cities categories, Glasgow was awarded:
Top 10 overall Large City; Runner-up for FDI strategy; Runner-up
for Business Friendliness and Top 10 for Economic Potential.
EUROPEAN ENTREPRENEURIAL REGION
Glasgow has been named European Entrepreneurial Region
2016, alongside Lombardia (Italy) and Malopolska (Poland).
The regions with the most credible, forward thinking and promising
vision plan are granted the title, commending their investment in
ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP SPORTING CITIES
Glasgow is 8th in the world’s top 10 sporting cities – according to
the internationally recognised SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City
2014 Awards. The city was ranked ahead of Olympic cities such as
Paris, Tokyo, Moscow and Amsterdam, and retained its position as
the number one city in the world for sports marketing and branding.
THE UK’S BEST SHOPPING DESTINATION
Glasgow’s super-league shopping status was confirmed in
2008 when the city was named the best place to shop in the
UK outside London’s West End for the fourth consecutive year.
Experian, in their retail rankings, expects Glasgow to hold
this position until at least 2018. Glasgow’s strong retail sector
was reinforced by the Retail Footprint 2010 – compiled by
independent industry research company CACI. After London’s
West End, Glasgow is the first UK city for retail by comparison
spend (tourists, workers and residents) CACI 2013.
UK’S BEST CONVENTION BUREAU
2007-2015 – 9 YEARS RUNNING
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) has been named the
UK’s Best Convention Bureau from 2007 to 2015 – for nine
consecutive years GCMB has received this accolade at the
prestigious Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards.
UK’S BEST CONFERENCE CENTRE
The Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) was named
‘Best Large Venue of the Year’ at the UK Event Awards 2015.
UK’S BEST AIRPORT
In 2015 Glasgow Airport scooped three major awards: UK
Airport of the Year at the National Transport Awards; Scottish
Airport of the Year at the Scottish Transport Awards; and
voted ‘Best Airport with 3-10 million passengers’ by the Airport
Operators Association (AOA).
CITY OF STYLE
World-famous and highly-respected, luxury fashion and lifestyle
brand, Louis Vuitton, featured Glasgow as a must-visit destination
in their coveted European Cities Guide in 2009 – and has done
so again in 2013 – highlighting the city’s growing global profile
as a leading retail, cultural and style centre. Glasgow is the only
Scottish city to have appeared twice in the guide.
ONE OF THE WORLD’S 75 BEST
PERFORMING FINANCIAL CENTRES
— Global Financial Centres Index 2015
Glasgow has the third most important financial centre in the UK
and has its own dedicated International Financial Services District.
PROUD TO SERVE SCOTLAND
16 HOTEL PROSPECTUS
Glasgow has sporting events confirmed to 2022 and bidding through to 2024. It’s
ranked 8th best sporting city in the world by SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City
2014 Awards, and first for Global Sports Marketing.
2014 proved to be an amazing year when the city
welcomed some of the world’s top athletes at the
“best Commonwealth Games ever”. With over
£2 billion of investment in Game-related
infrastructure in the city, Glasgow is empowered
as a major player on the global sporting stage.
Building on that success, Glasgow also hosted the
2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
which were hailed “even better than the Olympic
Games”. Glasgow’s delivery of these events has set
a new benchmark for sport across the world.
Looking ahead, Glasgow continues to win the
right to host major sporting events in 2016
such as the Gymnastics World Cup, European
Curling Championships and World Irish Dancing
Championships. The city will also co-host the
inaugural European Sports Championships with
Berlin in 2018 with a projected television audience
of 850 million.
A significant legacy of hosting these prestigious
sporting events is that Glasgow’s reputation and
profile have never been stronger. The city is now
widely recognised as one of the world’s must-visit
Located just five minutes by train from the centre
of Glasgow and in an area benefiting from massive
investment associated with the 2014 Commonwealth
Games, Clyde Gateway offers a range of potential
investment opportunities for the hotel sector. Clyde
Gateway is home to the outstanding sporting facilities
of the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome,
as well as Celtic Football Club’s 60,000 seat stadium.
The area’s accessibility by both road and rail is
already proving a major draw to investors with three
railway stations and three junctions of the newly
extended M74 as well as the new Clyde Gateway
access road serving the area. A host of new office and
industrial developments have opened recently to take
advantage of this accessibility, others are currently
on site and development opportunities are available
across the new National Business District.
A key legacy of hosting the ‘best Commonwealth
Games ever’ in 2014 is that Glasgow’s global
profile has never been greater.
GAMES SAW RECORD
18 HOTEL PROSPECTUS
Blythswood Square Radisson Blu Grand Central Hotel
‘Having been involved in many of the prestigious
city events over the years, Blythswood Square feels
very much a part of this thriving city. Events such as
Commonwealth Games, MTV Awards and the huge
success of The SSE Hydro have been amazing for the city.
We take delight in looking after guests to the city as much
as the residents of Glasgow and the surrounding area.
It’s a real privilege to be part of this exciting and
progressive city and can’t wait to see what the future
has in store.’
Murray Thomson, General Mananger
‘Glasgow is unique in the city-wide support and cooperation
offered to hotel operators, from the hoteliers
association and an award winning convention bureau,
winning major events and conference business for the city.
I can’t think of a reason why a hotel operator wouldn’t
consider coming to Glasgow. There is always demand
for quality hotels in such a vibrant city. Strong value in
commercial property and rising occupancy rates mean
expectations of a bright future.
The Radisson Blu is Glasgow’s premier business hotel
where a warm Glaswegian welcome and sense of
professional informality has guaranteed our success.’
GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL
‘We’re exceptionally lucky to be in such a central location, with a
unique outlook on both the city and one of Glasgow’s major transport
hubs, from which we benefit greatly. Improved transport links on the
back of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, coupled with major
investments like The SSE Hydro have given Glasgow a boost that we’ve
experienced first-hand in terms of tourist and business trade.
Glasgow is a wonderful city and it’s a privilege to look after its visitors
and the locals who come in to enjoy afternoons and evenings in our
Champagne Central Bar and Tempus restaurant. On a personal level,
it’s fantastic to lead the team at such an iconic hotel. We’re looking
forward to the coming year – welcoming more visitors and supporting
with accommodation for wider city events and conferences.’
Denis MacCann, General Manager
Chair, Glasgow Hoteliers Association
Graeme Gibson, General Manager
20 HOTEL PROSPECTUS
Apex City of Glasgow Hotel citizenM The Village Hotel Club Ibis Styles George Square
APEX CITY OF
‘The hotel’s great location means it is at the heart of the
action both for the corporate and leisure markets and
we expect to welcome many of the visitors who come to
Glasgow because of its reputation for shopping, culture
and music. Our iconic Bath Street building has given us
the perfect opportunity to create a stylish hotel that offers
everything you’d expect from four star accommodation.’
Helen Gallagher, General Manager
‘citizenM opened in Glasgow in September 2010 and we
are delighted to be in Scotland’s largest city. Glasgow
has internationally acclaimed art galleries and museums,
along with iconic architecture and the hotel is in the very
heart of the city centre, an area bustling with theatre,
music, shopping, art and vibrant street life – all elements
that are highly valued by our mobile citizens. citizenM
always reflects and embraces local cultures and tastes
and develops its own local style. Here in Glasgow, an
almost surrealist oversize mesh artwork by Glaswegian
artist Alex Dordoy graces the hotel’s outside façade with
a tongue-in-cheek humour.’
Robin Chadha, Chief Marketing Officer
THE VILLAGE HOTEL CLUB
‘The Village Hotel Club Glasgow is in a superb location,
so very close to The SSE Hydro and SECC. Over the
years, there have been many companies which have set
up home on the banks of the River Clyde and there is still
much development to come in the area which will keep
Glasgow thriving. Village Glasgow has ‘everything under
one roof’ and my team is so excited to start welcoming
the local community, businesses and leisure guests into
our dynamic ‘black box’.’
Jamie Stevens, General Manager
IBIS STYLES GEORGE SQUARE
‘We were delighted to open Glasgow’s first ibis Styles
property towards the end of 2015, and we’re looking
ahead to our first full year in the city with anticipation.
Glasgow is a city like no other – great people, a rich
history and vibrant cultural scene as well as fantastic
shopping, restaurants and nightlife. That’s why our hotel
is designed with the city and its icons as its focus – it’s a
city to be celebrated. And as well as the hotel’s design
being immersed in the city’s history and culture, we’re
physically in the thick of things in the Merchant City,
which is wonderful. We’ve already had a busy few months
and can’t wait to welcome more visitors to the city and the
hotel; particularly those experiencing their first taste of
Glasgow and all it has to offer.’
Rory MacAleece, General Manager
22 HOTEL PROSPECTUS
If you are looking to invest in Glasgow, you will find a city that has
taken a very proactive and innovative approach to support the
development industry in its bid to build on the exciting projects
underway in the city.
Glasgow offers a great deal to investors.
Guaranteeing fast tracking of major planning
applications for key development, and
the city is an assisted area for Business
Premises Renovation Allowances (BPRA).
This enables investors to make use of 100%
capital allowances for ‘qualifying renovation
expenditure’ on derelict commercial properties.
• fast tracking major planning applications for key developments.
• full range of business support programmes – from grant/loan assistance to
Glasgow Guarantee wage subsidies for graduates, apprentices and new jobs.
• Glasgow is an assisted area for Business Premises Renovation Allowances (BPRA)
which enables investors to make use of 100% capital allowances for “qualifying
renovation expenditure” on derelict commercial properties.
BPRA FOR HOTELS
Business Premises Renovation Allowance (BPRA) provides 100% tax relief on the
conversion or refurbishment of empty business premises in designated areas. It can
reduce costs where premises are converted into hotels or empty hotels
Please consult the following website for a full overview of the BPRA scheme:
24 CITY PROSPECTUS
(SDI) has a dedicated tourism team who
work closely with developers, investors
and hotel operators to secure a successful
GLASGOW CITY MARKETING
GCMB is the official destination marketing
organisation (DMO) for the city of
Glasgow. With business on the books
until 2022, GCMB can provide high value
information on future demand.
Glasgow City Council’s Inward Investment
Team provides one point of contact to
all businesses, property investors and
developers seeking to invest in Glasgow.
TO FIND OUT HOW INVEST
GLASGOW CAN SUPPORT
+44 (0) 141 287 8616
© INVEST GLASGOW 2016
TO FIND OUT HOW INVEST
GLASGOW CAN SUPPORT
+44 (0) 141 287 8616