Published on : Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Over two million people across Europe and the rest of the world have experienced Glasgow’s cultural offering through social media as part of a unique partnership between VisitScotland and Glasgow Life.
29 bloggers from across Europe, and one from New Zealand, flew into Glasgow to experience the city’s heritage and culture and research by the national tourism organisation has revealed that almost 700 social media posts were made by the travel writers. With a combined reach of around 2.25 million followers, it is hoped the trip will encourage visitors from across the continent, and the planet, to come and see Glasgow for themselves.
The bloggers, hailing from country’s such as France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, UK and Sweden, were invited to Scotland’s largest city to celebrate the launch of the Year of Young People (YOYP) and promote the 25th anniversary of Celtic Connections and 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. As part of their trip they have been writing articles about YOYP and Glasgow. 18 articles have already been published and this is expected to rise to around 50.
Hosted by VisitScotland and Glasgow Life, the travel writers spent their days exploring the city and enjoying a number of activities including a ‘Greatest Hits Tour’ of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and a visit to the new Clydeside Distillery, opening at the start of next year. Evenings were spent at the Tennent’s Brewery and experiencing a St Andrew’s Night Ceilidh at St Andrew’s in The Square.
Today, Glasgow Life have released a video taken of the bloggers enjoying an exclusive performance from Celtic Connections musicians in the Tennent’s Training Academy to celebrate a successful trip and draw attention to the 25th anniversary of the festival. Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, it celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. From 18 January – 4 February 2018, musicians from around the world will bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.
Liz Buchanan MBE, Regional Partnerships Director for VisitScotland, said: “It’s fantastic to see that bloggers from across Europe have been so keen to shout about Glasgow’s wonderful culture and heritage. With more than half of visitors drawn to the city for its history and culture, it is vitally important we promote Glasgow’s best assets to the world.”
Partnership and collaboration is at the heart of Scottish tourism and VisitScotland works with local industry to develop and deliver innovative initiatives that grow the visitor economy. This great project with Glasgow Life is an excellent example of this and an important contribution to the culture priority within Glasgow’s Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023. The new framework for the continued growth of the city’s tourism economy, the plan is focused on increasing overnight leisure tourism visits by one million over the next seven years.”
Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and many a blog, are awash with beautiful shots of our city following Glasgow Life’s weekend with 30 European bloggers. Working with VisitScotland, we welcomed prominent social media influencers to Glasgow and gave them the chance to sample the very best of the city’s music and cultural scene. The bloggers and their followers discovered the city’s vibrant street art, enjoyed a late night tour of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and as we gear up for Scotland’s Year of Young People, were treated to exclusive performances by some of the very best young musical talent who will be playing at the 25th anniversary of Celtic Connections in January 2018. Looking at their feeds, it’s clear to see they had a great time telling the world why they should make their next stop Glasgow.”