Dundee & Angus on the rise

Dundee & Angus is right in the heart of Scotland and its fast developing events offer. And the area’s leading infrastructure project is the £1bn Waterfront regeneration in Dundee.
The city boasts accomplishment in science, medicine, software and academia. It also combines a proud history with modern culture.
The wider region boasts over 1,100 hotel rooms. With modern conference facilities at the University of Dundee, unique event settings include the frigate HM Unicorn. Glamis Castle and Caird Hall.
For dinners with a difference, the local conference bureau’s advice is to try Hospitalfield House or Kinnettles Castle.
On the fast-developing new Dundee Waterfront, the new Victoria and Albert Museum occupies the prime site.
V&A at Dundee forms part of the museum’s UK strategy to bring its collections to a wider audience. V&A at Dundee aims to be an international centre for design housed in a world-class building able to host events.
Construction work started on the V&A at Dundee site in March 2015. It is set for an official opening by June 2018.
New hotel builds and refurbishments of existing accommodation spaces in the city is further evidence of Dundee’s recognition of the importance of business tourism. The major investment is not before time, as the old station area and old Hilton hotel were not the prettiest features of Dundee.
Also attracting business interest in the region are plans for investment that include a £60m Scottish hotel golf development which could see an international hotel brand create the first five star resort in the Angus region.

Academic record drives bid success
The importance of traditional and contemporary academic achievement in the city has shown to be key when Dundee bids around the world to host events such as the International Society for Addiction Medicine, isamDUNDEE2015 Congress, which is being held in the UK for the first time this October. The congress is set to welcome over 400 delegates from 49 countries.
The region will also play host to Transformations2017, predicted to attract over 350 international delegates to the University of Dundee. In addition, PAMIS2017 conference is confirmed for Dundee in 2017 and will attract up to 300 international delegates to the city.
Dundee City Council is also keen to push ahead and use the area’s wind energy potential to boost conferencing around the subject. A council spokesman told CN: “Energy Dundee is developing Dundee’s wider energy credentials, bringing this broad area of opportunity into one partnership and creating an overall energy message for the city.
“Dundee’s east coast location, low carbon and energy business capabilities, mean it is in a strong position to capture and realise the job growth potential from a low carbon economy.
“Wider energy sector opportunities for Dundee include decommissioning, as well as oil and gas. The Port of Dundee is one of the most strategically important and suitable locations for marine renewables as identified by the Scottish Government’s National Renewables infrastructure plan.
“The city council hopes these efforts could see business tourism flourish in an already growing and further developing sector.”

Case Study

Name of conference – Eunis 2015
Date – 9-12 June 2015
Venue – Abertay University
Number of attendees – 250

Abertay University hosted the European University Information Systems Organisation (Eunis) Congress for ICT Leaders in Higher Education in June. It attracted delegates from 31 countries.
Eleanor Greig, 2015 co-ordinator, tells CN: “We struggled to find a suitable venue to host more than 300 delegates for a gala dinner. Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau helped us.
“Attracting sponsorship for the congress and extensive marketing was carried out by a PCO. Travel was a challenge for some of our European delegates and we arranged airport transfers (free) at key times of the two days prior to the congress.”




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