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Global success for Legends

Press Release   •   Dec 04, 2018 09:07 GMT

A view of the Clyde Auditorium "The Armadillo" (left) & the illuminated SSE Hydro arena (right).

Scotland’s first-ever business events campaign has brought in almost £10 million worth of inquiries in its first year alone, VisitScotland can reveal.

Scotland. Where Ideas Become Legend, launched in November 2017, and is an industry-first, bringing together all of Scotland’s convention bureaux as well as major conference centres and regions under one banner to grow the multi-million-pound sector.

Led by the national tourism organisation’s Business Events team, the campaign celebrated its first anniversary at ibtm world in Barcelona (27-29 November) – a leading global event for the meetings and events industry.

The Legends campaign shows Scotland as not only a world-leading destination for hosting association conferences, conventions and congresses but also a hub for collaborations, research and new discoveries.

It focuses on one of Scotland’s key sectors every two months, such as Technology, Energy and Life Sciences, with the country’s convention bureaux and regions contributing content to highlight achievements and opportunities, which is then shared across social media using the hashtag #IdeasBecomeLegend.

In the first year alone, Legends has:

  • Generated £9.5 million worth of inquiries since launching
  • Generated £2 million worth of converted business since launching
  • Engaged 70+ organisations across Scotland
  • Shared 200 plus pieces of content about Scotland’s expertise across the country, using the hashtag #IdeasBecomeLegend
  • Achieved more than 60 million impressions of the hashtag on Twitter, without paid promotion

Recently the Legends campaign won the ICCA Best Marketing Award 2018 at the 57th ICCA World Congress in Dubai.

Rory Archibald, Business Development Manager at VisitScotland Business Events said: “We’re thrilled with the results of the first year of the Legends campaign. Business Events are crucial for supporting economic and social progress, supporting the growth of key sectors in Scotland and for profiling the country on a global stage.

“Together with Scotland’s cities, regions, universities, innovation centres, investment agencies and representative bodies, we’ve transformed Scotland’s messaging to the international business events market.”

ibtm world is attended by up to 15,000 industry professionals from the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) market.

VisitScotland Business Events was joined by 13 Scottish businesses which took part in more than 500 pre-scheduled appointments with top international professional event and meeting organisers, convincing them why Scotland is the right destination for their next event.

For more on the Legends campaign, go to https://www.scotland.org/business/conferences-and-meetings/legends

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