The Edinburgh Convention Bureau reveals it has helped attract an additional ten new conferences to the city in the past month. The events range from the International Conference on Gas Hydrates, to the European Congress of Neuropathology.
The conferences are in addition to the prize of the 2014 Ryder Cup, which will bring in an estimated 4,572 delegates to the city and deliver an economic benefit in the region of £5.1 million.
The Ryder Cup, the ECB estimates, will be worth £1.8m for Edinburgh’s hoteliers alone in 2014.
The Americans and Europeans will do battle over three days at Gleneagles in Perthshire in 2014 over The PGA Centenary Course.
The economic benefit of the tournament, the preparations for which are being managed by EventScotland, will flow from the costs borne by the organisers, the spending of the thousands of people who make up the official entourage, and from the golfing fans from across the world who will travel to Scotland to watch the event first hand.
Chief executive of ECB Sue Stuart, says the bureau will be providing accommodation for the event. Ryder Cup tees up Edinburgh for more meetings
“The forerunner to the Ryder Cup was first played on The King’s Course at Gleneagles in 1921, so it’s fitting it should return 93 years later. Arranging accommodation for such a large event is a major undertaking but the prize is substantial. Not only will it bring significant financial rewards but it will also raise Scotland’s profile as a world class host venue for international sporting events.”