Can’t decide what to buy this Christmas? The Glasgow Gift Card is your answer.
From dining out, distillery tours, or cocktails, there’s a new way to gift your city with the launch of the first-ever citywide Glasgow Gift Card – a prepaid visa that can be spent at your favourite restaurants, shops and leading attractions.
Created through tourism business collaboration and supported by Scottish Enterprise and the Glasgow Restaurant Association, restaurateur Ryan James served up the new Glasgow gift cards at The Clydeside Distillery to celebrate the launch today (Wednesday, December 20).
Accepted in over seventy businesses, just in time for Christmas, the Glasgow-wide gift card aims to put the spotlight on leisure and hospitality, drive destination footfall and help tourists discover authentic local experiences.
Not only does the card support independent businesses and attractions but also it allows consumers to discover and enjoy the best of Glasgow with one handy card at their fingertips. Working like other gifting schemes, the card is a prepaid visa and the balance can be spent on any businesses that are signed up to the scheme. Simply choose an amount online at www.glasgowgiftcard.com and the loaded gift card and it will be sent out by post ready for spending.
Award-winning restaurant Ox and Finch, modern greek eatery Halloumi, Spanish tapas and cocktail bar Rioja, tourist attraction The Clydeside Distillery and Glasgow Life museums and attractions, are some of the multitudes of venues to accept the gift card. View where you can spend the card here
Speaking about the launch Ryan James, Glasgow Restaurant Association chairman and owner of Two Fat Ladies, said:
“The Glasgow Restaurant Association and its members are excited to be part of the first citywide gift scheme that celebrates the best of Glasgow.
“What better way to showcase our city and grow the economy than with a Glasgow-wide gift card? This is a fantastic new tourism product as it gives the consumer the flexibility of choosing how and where they spend the card across the city.
“We have innovative and exciting food and drink experiences and leading attractions, and with the arrival of our Glasgow gift card, it will make discovering city neighbourhoods more accessible for locals and visiting tourists.”
This new product supports the city’s Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023, which provides the blueprint for continuing to grow Glasgow’s global profile as a must-visit destination and is focused on increasing overnight leisure tourism visits by one million over the next seven years.
Sallyann Tindall, project manager Scottish Enterprise said:
“Scottish Enterprise is delighted to be able to support the development of the Glasgow Gift Card and hopes many more businesses in the City will get behind it and provide visitors with opportunities to experience great restaurants and attractions in the city.”
Bridgeen Mullen, Visitor Centre Manager at The Clydeside Distillery said:
“When we heard about this new gifting offer for Glasgow, we couldn’t wait to be a part of it all and support the Glasgow Gift Card. Anything that drives tourism and shines the spotlight on our exceptional visitor attractions is a winning combination.
“Support your local businesses, buy a Glasgow gift card and discover the best of the city with one handy card.”
Designed and operated by Miconex, the card is available at any sum from £10 to £500. Customers can use it in one go or in several visits to different businesses.