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October 28, 2009

Edinburgh Convention Bureau on schedule to hit events target

Despite the recession, figures released by the Edinburgh Convention Bureau (ECB) for the first half of the year show it’s on track to achieve its goal of helping secure conferences worth £73.9 million to the city’s economy.

The value of events won or influenced by the ECB between April and the beginning of October is £42.6 million.

Included in the figures released are 11 new events (confirmed between 15 September and 9 October), which will deliver £9.5million into the economy.

These most recently confirmed conferences will attract up to 6,600 high-spending delegates to the city.

Three of these events are each worth in excess of £1 million and include:
• Quadrennial Congress of European Society of Plastic Constructive Aesthetic Surgeons, worth £1,965,000 million with 900 delegates. It will run from the 11-16 May 2014 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
• Eurotox 2014, worth £1,747,000 attracting 1200 delegates. It will be held from 7-9 September 2014 at the EICC
• International Conference on Neutron Scattering worth £1,456,000, with 800 delegates. It will run from 8-12 July 2013 at the EICC

Commenting on the performance of Edinburgh as a business tourism destination, ECB chief executive Sue Stuart said: “These results show that business tourism is holding up in a very difficult and increasingly competitive environment.

“We are in a position to announce some significant events to be hosted by the city, once again exhibiting its standing as a global destination. The nature of the new events demonstrates the importance of Edinburgh and Scotland’s reputation as a centre of excellence in the fields of science and medicine.”

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