World leading scientists from 52 countries have been meeting in Edinburgh for the 42nd Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Controlled Release Society (CRS), an event that is forecast to spread over £3m in economic benefit throughout the city.
The four-day Annual Meeting, 26-29 July, hosted at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), has seen over 1,400 delegates in the Scottish capital, according to Convention Edinburgh. The bureau, with match funding from the VisitScotland Bid Support Fund, played an integral role in clinching the bid back in 2012 and in assisting the CRS prepare for the biggest event in its annual calendar.
Lesley Williams, head of business tourism at Convention Edinburgh, said: “We’re been delighted to welcome CRS and their delegates to Edinburgh for the first time. Hosting high-profile global events of this calibre, not only raises the city’s profile on the international stage, but brings widespread benefits direct to Edinburgh businesses.
“1,425 delegates staying in Edinburgh for four nights generates hundreds of thousands of pounds for local hotels, venue and their suppliers. The city’s visitor attractions, restaurants, shops, taxis and trams also benefit as delegates enjoy a memorable experience in the city. It’s a win-win scenario.”
Art Tipton, president of the Controlled Release Society said: “As the premier society in delivery science, we are thrilled to be bringing the CRS Annual Meeting to Edinburgh. This is a city with a worldwide reputation for its medical research and innovation. Add to the mix the high calibre of large-scale venues and accommodation options available, plus the stunning cityscape, it has proven to be a hugely popular host city choice with our members.”
Chief executive of the EICC Marshall Dallas, said the conference would generate in excess of £3m in economic impact. “Attracting events such as this to Edinburgh takes a great degree of collaboration from partners across the city, and they can take several years to plan, so there is always a sense of pride when we see the event taking place.”
2014/15 was a record year for Convention Edinburgh, which saw the city move up nine places to 31 in the ICCA World City Ranking. The only UK city outside London to appear in the top 50.
The organisation secured 208 new conference bid wins for the city which were expected to attract over 65,000 delegates and create an estimated £91.5m to the local economy.