During 2012, conferences and events held in the Dundee and Angus area of Scotland generated £55m for the local economy, according to the latest economic impact figures released by the Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau.
This figure represents an increase of four per cent when compared to last year. Over 248,000 delegates from the UK and abroad attended conferences held in the city and the surrounding area throughout 2012, resulting in a direct expenditure of £11.5m.
“The importance of these events to the local economy cannot be underestimated,” says Karen Tocher, Business Tourism Manager of the Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau.
“2012 was an incredibly successful year for the region with major conferences including the International Society for Root Research ISRR 2012 Conference and the 8th International Conference: Concrete in the Low Carbon Era 2012 helping to generate over £55m.”
Major developments are continuing to take place at Dundee’s waterfront and at the heart of this is the V&A at Dundee. “Developments like the V&A are already attracting a lot of interest and will bring major benefits to the area with business tourism being one of the many areas that will benefit,” adds Tocher.
“With luxury new hotels including the Malmaison due for completion in September 2013 and the unique Georgian mansion, Customs House, set for renovation, there will be more accommodation and conference options than ever before. The Dundee Railway Station is also being renovated and will include a 108-bedroom hotel, equipped with modern meeting rooms adding further venue options.”
Looking ahead, conferences are in place until 2015, including the International Conference on Photodynamic Applications (ICPA) and the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) conference, with each conference expected to attract 400 international delegates, worth over £800,000 to the area.
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