Top facts you need to know about Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland’s economic powerhouse. It generates more than £13 billion gross value added (GVA) to the nation every year.

The city has a thriving international business community and is home to global brands such as JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Tesco Bank, Barclays Wealth and Dell.

A host of world class hotels have already made their homes here including Hilton, Marriott, Radisson Blu, Holiday Inn, Hotel du Vin, Citizen M and Malmaison. Glasgow outperformed key European cities in 2011, including Hamburg, Barcelona, Rome, Dublin, Vienna, Prague and Copenhagen, with an average occupancy rate of 74.9%.

Glasgow is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games, firing the starting gun for major development in and around the city.

Over the past seven years, conference business has been worth £827 million to Glasgow’s economy, equating to three million delegate room nights, which has helped transform the city into Scotland’s conference capital.

Glasgow International Airport handles around seven million passengers a year and serves around 90 destinations worldwide.

The city attracts 2.3 million visitors every year who generate £595 million for the local economy. Glasgow is the UK’s shopping capital enjoying a reputation as the largest and most successful retail location outside the West End of London.

Glasgow is a top 10 European financial centre and is ranked 33rd in the world - Global Financial Centre’s index 2011.

Popular travel publication Rough Guides featured Glasgow in its 2011 feature ‘Cities which aren’t the capital, but should be’ alongside New York and Barcelona AND Glasgow ranked 12th in leading USnewspaper The New York Times’ ‘The 45 Best Places to Go in 2012’.