Led by Glasgow Convention Bureau, the city has unveiled a new ‘green conventions team’ which brings together representatives from across the city’s tourism and hospitality sectors, academic and business communities, and local government to champion the city’s credentials as a world-leader in sustainable business tourism.
Silke Schlinnertz, Head of Operations and Events at Euroheat & Power said : “There is a genuine commitment in Glasgow to environmental sustainability and the values and principles that make it possible. Being the first UK city to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) gives event planners one more reason to choose the city as their next meeting destination.” The 38th Euroheat & Power Congress, which was just held in Glasgow, was attended by nearly 500 overseas delegates.
Working with Glasgow City Council’s Land and Environmental Services department and local seed-planting business, Kabloom; the People Make Glasgow Greener campaign will deliver bespoke ‘horticultural therapy’ packages for conference organisers interested in offering sustainable team-building activities for delegates. These will take place across the city’s parks and gardens and include workshops on enhancing biodiversity, maintaining green-spaces and replanting Scottish wildflowers. A toolkit identifying some of the city’s leading sustainable businesses has also been created to simplify the process of organising a sustainable conference in Glasgow. It aims to make it easier for conference organisers to find the services they require from suppliers with similar green objectives.
By the end of 2018, Glasgow will have hosted 20 energy, sustainability and low carbon industry-related conferences over a 24 month period delivering nearly 60,000 delegate days.