Grand reopening: Glasgow City
Halls completed a two-year renovation project.
It is a wee bit of an understatement to say
this vibrant Scottish city is in transition. Most notable is a
change that took place last April: The Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Valley Tourist Board was dissolved in the wake of an extensive
reorganization of Scotland’s tourism infrastructure.
The city now is being promoted to the meetings and incentives
market by the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (www.seeglasgow.com), which is a nonprofit organization
funded by the Glasgow City Council and the private sector; leisure
travel is handled by the VisitScotland Glasgow office.
The country’s main convention facility, the Scottish
Exhibition & Conference Centre, is adding a
12,500-seat arena, scheduled to open in 2009.
The Glasgow City Halls and the Old
Fruitmarket, two major arts venues in the same complex,
reopened earlier this year after completing a two-year, $23 million
facelift. Glasgow City Halls, home to the BBC Scottish Symphony
Orchestra, is the city’s oldest purpose-built performance and
meeting space. The Old Fruitmarket, a landmark musical performance
space, now has a new stage. The combined venues offer a total of 12
meeting rooms and can host events for up to 3,000 people.
The Arthouse Hotel, one of the city’s trendiest properties, l has
been renamed ABode Glasgow. The 60-room hotel was
taken over by British celebrity chef Michael Caines, who lends his
culinary skills to his on-site eponymous fine dining restaurant, as
well as to the property’s MC Café and MC Vibe Bar.
The chicly distinctive Malmaison Glasgow,
housed in a former Greek Orthodox church, recently completed a $3
million refurbishment. In the course of the project, the property’s
72 guest rooms were updated, as were the public areas. Among the
improvements: The penthouse suite, newly redecorated and renamed,
now is called the Big Yin and features a tartan-patterned
The Hilton Glasgow, one of the city’s main
meeting properties, has kicked off the first phase of a
refurbishment project by renovating 84 of its 331 guest rooms;
plans call for six of those rooms to be converted from singles to
The former Glasgow Moat House is now the Crowne Plaza
Glasgow. The property renovated its 283 guest rooms and
public areas, and added an executive lounge.
The city will get another upscale hotel late next year: The
former Royal Scottish Automobile Club building in Blythswood Square
is being converted to a 109-room hotel with conference facilities
and a spa.
Also of note
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, closed since 2003, will
reopen this summer following a $500 million refurbishment. Among
the new features are a study center, a history discovery center, an
art discovery center, a temporary exhibition space, a conference
and lecture theater, and the Campbell Hunter Education Wing. The
venue will be able to host dinners for up to 500 people and
receptions for up to 1,000.
Riverside Walkway, a scenic pedestrian area
winding along the banks of the River Clyde, opened a year ago. Also
in this neighborhood, the new Riverside Museum is
under construction. The facility, which will be completed in 2009,
will house transportation and technology exhibits.
A rail link between Glasgow International Airport and the city
center will be completed in 2008.