Business Travel in Glasgow
|| Being one Scotland’s
leading cities for business makes Glasgow the perfect
place to clinch that deal, hold a conference or lead a
So if you’re visiting the country’s largest
city on business you’ll be relieved to learn there
is a wealth of hotels, restaurants and top class conference
centres to choose from.
Those travelling by air may want to stay in a hotel close
to Glasgow International Airport [map] but not too far from the city centre. And situated just
two minutes walk from the terminal building and 20 minutes
from central Glasgow, is the Express by Holiday Inn
[map] with covered walkway access and airport trolleys
at the front door.
The room prices at the Express are very competitive and
include a large continental buffet breakfast that is served
in the comfort of the Great Room from 4am, so you can
eat before catching an early flight. All the bedrooms
come with Sky TV, modem points, power showers, hair dryers,
coffee facilities, telephones and in-room movies. There
is also a bar and bistro serving good food.
In the city centre there are plenty more hotels catering
for business travellers, such as the Glasgow Moat House
which offers conference facilities for up to 800 people,
secretarial services and wireless Internet connection.
Here each bedroom also comes equipped with luxury toiletries,
irresistible snacks, complementary newspapers and fluffy
With free car parking, 18 meeting rooms and a business
centre, the Glasgow Thistle Hotel [map] is a great environment in which to talk business.
Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom and is well equipped
with colour television, direct dial telephone, radio/alarm
clock, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities.
The hotel also has two bars, Co Motion brew shop and the
Gengis restaurant, which are perfect places to unwind
after a long day at work.
In addition to all this, the Thistle has a conference
theatre for up to 1,500 delegates, a classroom for
up to 800, and a boardroom and U-shaped room that will
both hold up to 110 people.
Over the years the Art House hotel [map] has hosted product launches, corporate events, private dinners and photo shoots as well
as being used for filming movies. With hallways adorned
in a thousand copper lions, an antique elevator, spectacular
waterfall, original stained glass and an oak panelled
executive boardroom, it is a popular choice for local
The hotel's bar and grill serves contemporary Scottish
cuisine, while if you prefer international food there
is also a Japanese 'Teppanyaki' bar and an oyster bar
specialising in seafood.
When it comes to conference facilities, Glasgow leads
the way in Scotland particularly since the opening of
the Glasgow Science Centre [map].
Here you can choose from a number of unique venues such
as the IMAX Cinema, which holds up to 380 delegates
and is home to Scotland's biggest cinema screen along
with 12,000 watts of digital surround sound. It is ideal
for high impact presentations, product launches, conferences
and awards ceremonies, which can utilise the screen
and state-of-the-art projection facilities to full effect.
Alternatively you could opt for the Science Show Theatre,
a 120 seat auditorium with full audio and visual support.
There is also the Clyde Suite, a large, multi-purpose
space that can be differently configured for a variety
of events, such as dinners, conferences and exhibitions.
The University of Glasgow’s historic Cochno
House is great place to hold a business meeting
or workshop as it has a number of public rooms that can
be adapted to suit your needs.
Football fans may want to make the most of the conference
facilities at Rangers’ Ibrox Stadium [map] or Celtic Park [map],
which is home to Glasgow Celtic FC. The meeting rooms
and theatres in both venues combine the flavour of the
clubs’ magnificent heritage with the highest standards
in modern entertaining.
Last but certainly not least is the Scottish Exhibition
and Conference Centre [map],
which is undoubtedly the country’s best venue for
conferences, seminars and product launches. This enormous
venue spans 64 acres on the banks of the River Clyde,
and is accessible via its own train station. With over
22,000 square metres of usable space, it regularly plays
host to concerts, exhibitions, circuses, funfairs and
a host of other one-off entertainment events.
After a hard day’s work why not relax and unwind
at one of Glasgow’s many restaurants,
such as Cathedral House [map] and City Merchant [map],
which both know how to make business travellers feel welcome.
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