With three major international medical conferences coming up this year, Glasgow is making preparations to welcome their attendees. Glasgow Convention Bureau has partnered with Glasgow Welcomes (supported by Scottish Enterprise) and VisitScotland to launch the People Make Glasgow Welcome initiative, a programme of awareness sessions for the tourism and hospitality industry educating over 350 employees from all sectors involved, from taxi drivers and staff at the transport hubs to employees at hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions. The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) will host all three medical conferences this year, with members of its staff taking part in the awareness sessions as part of its preparations for the event.
The People Make Glasgow Welcome sessions are delivered by experts from each organisation and local people living with the conditions dealt with at the conferences. 10% of those expected to attend the World Federation of Hemophilia in May, the World Down Syndrome Congress in July and the International Symposium on ALS/MND in December, are living with the conditions under discussion.
Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at the SEC, commented: “When we secured these conferences several years ago, we knew that they would provide an important and unique opportunity to leave a legacy in the venue and the city – this training is the perfect example of how conferences have a much greater impact than economic benefit.”