Aileen Crawford

Head of Conventions, Glasgow Convention Bureau

Aileen has worked in the meetings industry for over 20 years.  Initially in venue sales for Glasgow Museums, then in a variety of roles within the Conventions team at the Tourist Board, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and is currently the Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau.

Aileen is an English and History graduate from the University of Glasgow with a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester.

The Glasgow Convention Bureau focus on attracting association conferences to Glasgow through in-depth research and strategic bidding. The team are also responsible for the Glasgow Conference Ambassador Programme, a free accommodation booking service and client support, to position Glasgow as one of the best cities in the world to host a meeting. In 2018 Glasgow Convention Bureau was voted ‘Best UK Convention Bureau’ for a record breaking 13 years by readers of Meetings & Incentive Travel and in 2019 were winners of the ABPCO Chairmen’s Award for their work on conference legacy and impact.

Glasgow Convention Bureau is targeted with delivering economic impact to Glasgow through conference sales by working closely with key stakeholders, major venues, such as the Scottish Event Campus and the city’s academic community.

Currently the lead for the Business Tourism Workstream within the city’s Tourism & Visitor Plan 2023, Aileen has served as Depute Chair of ICCA UK & Ireland and is currently ICCA Destination Co-Chair, alongside Alexey Kalachev from the Russia Convention Bureau.  Aileen is involved in best practice and meeting industry collaboration in the UK and internationally.