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15.06.2016
10:37

Edinburgh Breaks Records

Bild: Visit Scotland

Convention Edinburgh has reported its most successful year to date, securing new conference and event bid wins worth £94.3 million to the local economy and a 10.000 boost in delegate numbers.  
 
Representing a £2.8 million increase on last year's economic impact figures, 206 future conferences, set to attract 74,400 thousand delegates, were won by Convention Edinburgh and its members during the last 12 months.  
 
High profile conferences secured over the last year include the Rehabilitation International Congress, in October 2016, PIBD 2021 and June's International Cricket Council Conference 2016. 
The city also welcomed some of business tourism leading bodies and influencers, including hosting PCMA Global Medical Leaders' Summit in November 2015 and most recently the IAPCO Council in April 2016.
 
John Donnelly, Chief Executive, Marketing Edinburgh said: "This is great news for the city of Edinburgh and testament to the hard work of everyone involved. 2015/16 was a crucial year in Convention Edinburgh’s ongoing strategic development, not only in terms of bid win success, but positive client response."  
 
Lesley Williams, Head of Business Tourism at Convention Edinburgh said: "With conference and delegate numbers strengthening year on year, there is a huge amount of potential future growth in the city.  As a destination bureau, Convention Edinburgh’s role is evolving."

Currently ranked 35 in the world’s city rankings according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and 20th in Europe, Edinburgh annually holds more international meetings than any other UK city outside of London. 
 
Next year’s annual results are reportedly off to a flying start as well, with Edinburgh just announced as the host city of the biennial International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress 2020, expected to attract 1,200 delegates and generate £2 million in local economic impact. 

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