22 Nov 2012

A Glasgow MSP used yesterday’s Scottish Government debate on Business Tourism to talk up the city as a world class tourist destination.  The SNP politician also hopes businesses and other organisations will continue holding their meetings in Glasgow during 2014.  There is plenty of room in Glasgow for BOTH the Commonwealth Games AND normal business events.  In fact the Commonwealth games are a great opportunity for business people to meet with counterparts from around the world.

SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason, spoke about some of the initiatives undertaken by the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and the SECC, of which Mr Mason himself was a non-executive Director.

Speaking from Parliament, City MSP Mr Mason said:

“Glasgow has an excellent story to tell when it comes to tourism and yesterday was a good opportunity to share that in the Scottish Parliament. 

“With 30,000 folk employed in the tourism sector in Glasgow, it is clear that we put a tremendous amount of effort into attracting people from all over the world.  That hard work is paying off and is complemented by the fact that Glasgow is attracting 2.3 million visitors a year, injecting some £595 million into the local economy.

“As a result of the 2014 Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow, we have a remarkable opportunity to really showcase the city to the whole world.  But we must learn lessons from London 2012 where people thought the City was ‘full up’ with the Olympics. The atmosphere in Glasgow will be really quite something and this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to show the whole world that Glasgow is place to do business, relax and enjoy some excellent attractions”.