by the Edinburgh Convention Bureau (ECB) for the first half of the year show
it’s on track to achieve its annual target of securing conferences worth £73.9
million to the city’s economy.
The ECB claims
it has helped influence events booked in between April and the beginning of
October to the value of £42.6 million.
The figures include
11 new events (confirmed between 15 September and 9 October) which will deliver
an estimated £9.5 million into the economy.
These recently confirmed conferences are
expected to attract up to 6,600 high spending delegates to the city. Three of
the conferences are each worth in excess of £1 million: the Quadrennial
Congress of European Society of Plastic Constructive Aesthetic Surgeons (900
delegates), booked in for May 2014 at the Edinburgh International Conference
Centre (EICC); Eurotox 2014 (1,200 delegates), which comes to the EICC in September
2014, and the International Conference on Neutron Scattering (800 delegates),
booked in at the same venue in July 2013.
Chief executive of ECB Sue Stuart says business
tourism is holding up in a very difficult environment and Edinburgh, “once again is 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”.