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GLASGOW DESTINATION MEDIA HUB OPENS ITS DOORS TO THE WORLD’S PRESS AND BROADCASTERS DURING COP26

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The Glasgow Destination Media Hub (DMH) opened its doors today, Thursday 28 October at 40 John Street. G1 1JL within the COP26 Host City Zone. It will operate daily from 9am – 7pm until Friday 12 November and welcome all COP26 accredited media and non-accredited media on presentation of their bona fide press credentials.

The DMH team, comprising media relations and destination marketing staff from Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Convention Bureau together with international Consumer PR colleagues from VisitScotland, will be on hand to assist press and broadcasters during COP26 with destination enquiries on Glasgow and Scotland, facilitate the booking of official city camera positions, help set-up interviews or assist with ideas for future coverage.

A suite of short films will profile different facets of the city’s personality and highlight major events, initiatives and developments including the globally-renowned Burrell Collection, which re-opens in March 2022; the 2023 UCI World Cycling Championships; Glasgow Life’s AIR project; Clyde Gateway project, Invest Glasgow as well as a specially produced People Make Glasgow Greener edit for COP26 that draws together the city’s destination and sustainability credentials.

Films provided by VisitScotland and VisitBritain will shine a light on responsible tourism and the commitment to sustainability within Scotland and the wider UK context.

The ‘Made in Glasgow’ showcase meanwhile, curated in partnership with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, will highlight the city’s innovative approach to sustainability – particularly through circular economy principles – and profile its creativity across art, architecture, design, film, fashion, food and drink.  Refreshments from local suppliers will also be available to ensure a Taste of Glasgow.

The Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Susan Aitken, said: “The Destination Media Hub at the COP26 Host City Zone will be a valuable resource in helping journalists and news outlets produce their coverage of Glasgow during the World Climate Change Conference as well as providing inspiration for future content such as the re-opening of the internationally renowned Burrell Collection in March 2022 and the city’s hosting of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

“The DMH’s Made in Glasgow showcase is the result of close partnership working with our colleagues at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce’s Circular Glasgow team to produce an exhibition featuring local businesses, which illustrates the city’s commitment to sustainability and circular economy principles.

“We are delighted also that members of VisitScotland’s consumer PR team will join us in the DMH to provide a valuable, national dimension to the media operations service we are providing to the world’s press and broadcasters in Glasgow during COP26.”

Alison McRae, Senior Director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Lead at Circular Glasgow, said: “The Made in Glasgow exhibition highlights some great examples of Glasgow businesses showing how they have been using innovation, creativity and determination to build and grow economies based on circular and sustainable practices.

“Through Circular Glasgow, we have been working in close partnership with Zero Waste Scotland and Glasgow City Council and have had the opportunity to collaborate with, and support, many of the local companies who are embracing circular business models to address the climate challenge. It’s fantastic to see so many of our businesses, in the spotlight, showcasing to others in their sector and across the globe that circular models are not only building a brighter sustainable future, but can also drive turnover and profit. 

“We hope that it inspires those across Glasgow, as well as those visiting the city during COP26, to take action now.”

Vicki Miller, Director of Marketing at VisitScotland, said: “COP26 presents a unique opportunity for VisitScotland to work closely with partners in Glasgow and beyond to showcase Scotland and its responsible tourism offering to a global media audience.  

“Through the skills and knowledge of our VisitScotland Consumer PR team, we are ready to welcome media to Glasgow at the Destination Media Hub, assisting, inspiring and informing journalists about Scotland’s sustainable tourism offering and sharing examples of the exciting initiatives industry and communities are implementing to ensure Scotland can be enjoyed by generations of visitors to come.”

All necessary measures regarding security and COVID19 mitigation protocols will be in place to protect DMH staff and visitors.

The accompanying ‘Made in Glasgow’ bulletin provides information on all the sustainable businesses featured in the Destination Media Hub showcase.

Issued by

COP26 Media Operations Team

Glasgow City Council

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