Host City is the largest meeting of Cities and Sports, Business and Cultural Events
Host City returns to Glasgow on 20-21 November 2018 - at the Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde. And while there are countless opportunities why you should attend the Host City 2018 Conference and Exhibition, we've narrowed it down to four essential reasons:
1. Hear from the experts.
Our speakers comprise leaders in the global events industry, including high level representatives from the world of sporting events (IOC, NOCs, International Federations and other event owners); cultural events (Eurovision, Cirque de Soleil) and business events (organisers of major congresses and similar). Host City has become renowned for its high level of speakers and their acessibility to other attendees.
2. A challenging and responsive agenda.
At Host City you will meet the professional world of event hosting and have the opportunity to make new friendships.
- Cities and Destinations attend the conference to showcase their attractions and to learn about successful event hosting. Why should cities host? How do cities attract events? How do they best engage with their citizens?
- Event Owners and rights holders can discover new hosting opportunities and learn best practice from other events.
- Case studies, story telling, audience voting all form part of the interactive agenda that is responsive to current challenges of events hosting. The audience is encouraged to influence the discussion.
3. Network and learn from your peers in the Host City community.
Host City provides excellent opportunities for networking both at the conference and exhibition venue and at other social events organised as part of the experience. There is an introductory drinks reception prior to the conference opening as well as a relaxed and informal dinner for all attendees with an element of fun thrown in.
4. Meet with new buyers and suppliers.
Host City attendees and exhibitors are industry experts and solution-providers with their fingers on the pulse of mega event hosting. They have worked with a wide range of events from small to mega, indoor and outdoor, global and local - and they have answers to your questions on planning, design, infrastructure and security among many other subjects.
But don't just take our word for it...
Quite clearly from the experience we have had in Glasgow with Host City before, it’s really important to put people together. They bounce off each other and the sharing of knowledge in my view is invaluable. It’s worth every effort to be there
Sir Craig Reedie, President, World Anti-Doping Agency and IOC Member
One of the best things about Host City is that it really is an open forum for host cities and designers and organisers to meet and discuss the nuts and bolts of event hosting
Soaad Stott, Senior Principal, Populous
Host City was a very good event for Hull to attend. It's important to see how other destinations develop their hosting capacities, and the opportunities to network and learn at Host City were very useful for this.
Garry Taylor, City Manager Major Projects and Infrastructure, Hull City Council
Great organisation and intelligent coordination, thank you. It was an honour participating.
Michael Nagy, Commercial Director, Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau
Host City provided us and our Finnish host cities a great opportunity to present Finland as an ideal place to organise memorable events. It was also an excellent opportunity to share information and exchange ideas for creating even better events in the future.
Kati Mälkki, Special Advisor, Finnish Olympic Committee
It’s a good arena for attracting different types of events.
Tone Grindland, Head of Economic Development, City of Stavanger