Businesses team up to reboot Glasgow economy with city-wide gifting initiative

Gordon McIntyre vice chairman of Experience Glasgow and Ian McComb owner of Bowlarama and Tiki Bar. Picture taken pre-Covid19

Glasgow’s tourism industry, Experience Glasgow, has teamed up with over 100 local businesses across the city to offer a new gifting incentive to reboot the economy. In a bid to welcome back visitors to the city, the city-wide gift card is working to create a fresh autumn Gift Your Glasgow campaign that will be launching offers and incentives next month. 

New businesses to the Glasgow gift card initiative include top attractions like Fore Play Crazy Golf, outdoor adventure specialists Pinkston and late-nite boutique bowling alley Bowlarama on Glassford Street. 

Family-run Italian favourites like Il Pavone and Eusebi’s, alongside lunch essential Sprigg and steak specialists, The Spanish Butcher join the initiative. 

Featured bars include tropical Tiki bar and their newly launched outdoor area, along with modern Scottish pub, The Gate.

You can see all the attractions, leisure and hospitality businesses at glasgowgiftcard.com

Starting from next month the gift scheme will announce special offers and incentives that you can redeem across the city to #supportlocal and drive destination footfall and spend across Glasgow. 

How it works: 

  1. Simply head to glasgowgiftcard.com
  2. Choose an amount, gift the card
  3. It’ll be sent out by post ready for spending.
  4. You can spend the full amount in one go or spend it in different places at your leisure. 
  5. Gift cards are valid for one year 
  6. Look out for the autumn ‘Gift Your Glasgow’ campaign dropping soon!

Gordon McIntyre, Vice Chairman of Experience Glasgow, said: “Supporting independent business has never been easier with the Glasgow Gift Card – a prepaid Mastercard that encourages spend right here in the city. 

“If there is a local small business that you love, they need your support now more than ever. Many businesses are closing, and others are seeing reduced demand. 

“The Glasgow gift card is the perfect way for you to show your support. Whether you give a present to a friend or treat yourself to an experience, be sure to look out for our new campaign launching next month.”

Any tourism and leisure businesses wishing to join the Gift Card scheme can sign up here

Experience Glasgow is supported by Scottish Enterprise and led by Craig Martin. Glasgow’s tourism network works in partnership with city partners including Glasgow Life and Visit Scotland towards delivering on the priorities and ambitions of Glasgow’s Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023. 

For more information about Glasgow’s Tourism and Visitor Plan, click here.