Scotland: Thousands of Conference Delegates to Head for Edinburgh



Success. Scotland’s conference capital, Edinburgh, has been chosen to play host to thirty new events giving the local economy a welcome 7 m euros boost. The latest figures released by the Edinburgh Convention Bureau reveal that the new conference wins will bring 5,200 high spending delegates to the city. Eight of the meetings, confirmed between 11 May and 16 June, are associated with medicine, underlining the economic value Edinburgh’s world class reputation as a centre of excellence in this field.

One of the largest of the new events is the Vascular Surgical Society 2011 meeting which will be attended by 800 delegates over four days at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). It is anticipated that the event will inject 1,720,000 euros into the local economy. The events which range in duration from one to four days between 2009 and 2011, involve international and national associations, government departments and corporate bodies.

Edinburgh’s latest success in attracting conferences comes in the wake of the recent report by the International Congress and Convention Association which showed Scotland’s capital city has climbed to 28th in the world rankings of international conference destinations, a rise of eight places.

The city is the leading UK conference destination after London.  Welcoming the latest boost to the city’s business tourism, Sue Stuart, Chief Executive of ECB, said: “Edinburgh continues to demonstrate the attraction of its environment, culture, history and excellence as a centre of world class research and development in winning conferences.”