Glasgow became a perfect hostess to scores of travel agents from around the world who had assembled here to promote Scotland tourism all over the world. The best part is that generated a staggering £1.7 million for the city as they took a glance at the city’s sights and booked with some the 250 exhibitors at the SECC event.
Over 800 travel agents and tour operators from 30 different countries including the USA, Japan, China and Australia attended the Visit Scotland Tourism Expo where they forged tie ups and made deals with various Scottish companies. Glasgow has once again proved the most popular place for the agents to take tours and get informed about the city.
The rich culture and history of Glasgow was showcased at Braehead’s Xscape centre,Clyde Waterfront and a host of hotels, as well as many attractions from the surrounding countryside, including the Glengoyne Distillery north of the city. For most of the buyers it was their first visit to Scotland and the national tourism organisation, provided introductory tours around the city and the country to give them a glimpse of the tourist potential of Glasgow. The tour operators were upbeat and confident that they would be able to bring in more tourists to Glasgow from many far off countries like India and China despite the geography.
Tourism in Scotland employs 200,000 people and generates more than £4 billion for the national economy each year. The recently concluded tourism expo likely to add up to the tourism revenue and popularity of Glasgow, well known for its culture, festival, sporting events and topography.