Edinburgh announces three new conference wins worth £8m

Three new conference wins by the Marketing Edinburgh Convention Bureau and the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) will deliver an estimated economic impact of £8m to the local economy. The partnership bid wins are expected to attract over 4,000 delegates to the city.

Edinburgh will host the British Neuroscience Association’s Festival of Neuroscience in April 2015; the World Congress of Bioethics in June 2016; and the International Neuromodulation Society World Congress in June 2017.

“We are delighted to announce the three most recent new congress wins for the capital,” says Chief Executive of Marketing Edinburgh, John Donnelly. “As a conference city, Edinburgh punches well above its weight, rated 33rd in the world and second only to London in the UK by the ICCA rankings.

“That said, we cannot rest on our laurels. International competition is fierce and ongoing challenges such as cost, VAT on tourism related products and Air Passenger Duty all have a limiting impact on future growth. To help counter this, collaboration is crucial. As the latest bid wins prove, a cohesive city-specific approach between Marketing Edinburgh’s business tourism team and our bid-partners, can help us maximise the appeal of this city.”

The British Neuroscience Association’s Festival of Neuroscience takes place 12-15 April 2015, during one of the largest science festivals in Europe, the Edinburgh International Science Festival. The congress, which will be attended by 1,500 academics, will bring an estimated economic benefit to the city of £2.4m.

“Not only were we impressed with the EICC’s extensive facilities, but the city itself will be a popular draw for the attending delegates,” says Chief Executive for The British Neuroscience Association (BNA), Elaine Snell. “That we are able to also coincide BNA’s Festival of Neuroscience with the Edinburgh International Science Festival is a marvellous opportunity for us to further engage with the public.”

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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