The Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau’s 12th annual ambassador evening, held on 19 September at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, was attended by 40 ambassadors and featured Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Commonwealth Games, Sport and Equalities (pictured), as its guest speaker.
The ambassador programme supports professionals and leading experts in fields of biotechnology, life sciences, digital media, medicine, law, education and more within Dundee and Angus to bid for, secure and host successful national and international conferences and events. Ambassadors have secured 166 meetings and conferences worth over £31m to Dundee and Angus since the launch of the programme in November 2001.
“Conferences held in Dundee and Angus are worth over £55m to the local economy and this figure has been rising each year,” said Business Tourism Manager at Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau, Karen Tocher. “Hosting a conference is an enormous opportunity to showcase the area, the host organisations and their achievements and the hard work that local businesses undertake.
“The evening was a fantastic opportunity for ambassadors to meet with our team at the bureau to hear about the support that is available to them. Business Tourism is a key growth sector for Dundee and Angus and we welcome the support that our ambassadors can give to growing the market further,” she added.
Robison said: “I was delighted to help the bureau celebrate the successes of its Ambassador programme. Ambassadors perform an invaluable role in attracting business tourism and creating linkages between partners in the area. The Scottish government attaches great importance, and support, to business tourism. As well as their direct economic impact, business tourism events enhance Scotland’s credentials as a place to invest, study, live, work and visit.”
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