Visitors will benefit from a significant increase in the number of channels providing content on places to visit and stay, with a mix of industry partners – through the VisitScotland Information Partner programme, Coo Vans and digital products sitting alongside the Buchanan Street iCentre, which will be one of 26 high footfall travel hubs in Scotland.
This innovative new centre will also deliver our digital channels to visitors on their mobiles and tablets through the provision of free Wi-Fi.
VisitScotland is opening the new iCentre at the start of a milestone year for Glasgow, with the European Championships taking place in August, the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow International biennial, an expanded TRNSMT festival and the opening of new attractions such as the Clydeside Distillery all taking place during Scotland’s national Year of Young People.
By highlighting Glasgow’s fantastic cultural and sporting offering, as well as positioning the city as a gateway to Scotland, the new iCentre will contribute significantly to the growth ambition of the Glasgow Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023. Launched in January 2017, the plan sets out a clear direction for building the city’s global profile as a successful tourism destination, with a focus on increasing leisure tourism.
Products sold in the iCentre will be aligned with the national tourism organisation’s retail initiative, Shop Local, offering the opportunity for Scottish artisans and small businesses to promote and sell their products via the VisitScotland iCentre network.
Other features include racking for literature, large scale wall graphics and regional and national wall maps to help visitors plan their journey. Accommodation booking services and ticketing services, enabling visitors to purchase tickets for visitor attractions, tours and public transport services operated by CalMac and CityLink, will also be provided.
Liz Buchanan MBE, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said: “I am delighted to announce our brand new iCentre which will help ensure visitors make the most of their time in Glasgow, both as a city desitination and a gateway to Scotland.
“This innovative new hub comes at a very exciting time for the city and will play an important role in delivering on the growth ambition of the Glasgow Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023.”
Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Glasgow is an outstanding destination for tourists and we’re delighted that VisitScotland is investing in making the visitor experience even better. We are working with partners across the city and beyond to ensure that everyone coming to Glasgow has a truly memorable visitor experience.”
For more details about visitor information at VisitScotland go to www.visitscotland.org/visitorinformation.aspx