Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has officially opened the new Lennox Suite of the recently completed £30m expansion of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).
The EICC was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1996. A million delegates have since travelled to the city to attend conferences and events.
The Royal opening of the Lennox Suite was also attended by Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, The Rt. Hon. Donald Wilson and Scottish government minister for business, energy and tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP.
HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the Lennox Suite by initiating a computer-controlled sequence of changes to the Suite’s moving floor system.
The moving floor enables a space the size of four tennis courts to be transformed from flat-floored exhibition space, to a tiered theatre for 2,000 delegates or a performance arena for 1,400 spectators much more quickly than in conventional event spaces.
Speaking at the event, EICC chief executive, Marshall Dallas announced the venue’s latest initiative ‘InnovationNation’; a year-long programme of free public lectures created to celebrate innovation in Edinburgh and Scotland.
“In 2015 we look forward to sharing our expanded venue with a local audience through a series of free public lectures, which have been designed to highlight Scotland as a nation of innovation,” said Dallas.
Commenting on Scotland’s place in the global meetings industry, Fergus Ewing MSP said: “Business tourism is a perfect example of how we can continue to export goods, people and ideas around the world and, at the same time, welcome ideas, innovation and people into our national culture.”
The expanded EICC is expected to deliver an economic impact in excess of £300m in The City of Edinburgh throughout 2015.
Caption: L-R, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and The Rt. Hon. Donald Wilson (Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh).
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