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EICC beats off stiff UK and international competition to land top industry award

July 6, 2016

EICC beats off stiff UK and international competition to land top industry award
“Innovation and flexibility” of Scotland’s leading conference venue brings it out on top against London and Middle East

Edinburgh, 6 July 2016 – The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) won the hotly-contested industry award for ‘Best Conference Venue for over 900 Delegates’ at the 7th annual Conference Awards at Tobacco Dock, London on Friday 1st July.  Scotland’s leading conference venue beat off competition from some of the world’s top venues – including the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and ExCeL London, to land the award for the first time.

The judging panel for the awards said: “The EICC has shown great innovation and flexibility – the team has an agile approach which enables them to respond with creative solutions to any challenges that the clients might have.

Marshall Dallas, the EICC’s Chief Executive, said: Marshall Dallas, the EICC’s Chief Executive, said: “When you look at some of the names we were up against this year, it’s a definite sign of how far we have progressed as a team and as a venue over the last 24 months. Industry events, such as the Conference Awards, are a powerful reflection of how the EICC has become a leading force within the global events market – and that really comes down to the investment we have made in our facilities, our technology and the incredible people who make up this amazing team we have here at EICC.

The EICC experienced its busiest year in 2015 hosting 139 business events for the corporate and association markets. Highlights in the 2015 calendar included HRH The Princess Royal officially opening the Lennox Suite in January and George Clooney attending the UK’s largest business dinner ever in November when over 2,000 people dined alongside some of the biggest names in British business and entertainment in the heart of Edinburgh.
About EICC – opened in 1995, the remit of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) is to drive economic impact to the city and to date has helped to deliver around £500 million to the local economy while hosting over one million delegates and 3,000 conferences.  The EICC is owned by City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) and operates at arm’s length as an independent commercial venture. Edinburgh is the highest ranked UK conference destination outside London according to leading global industry body, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
About Lennox Suite – the multi-purpose Lennox Suite was opened in May 2013.  The Suite is the key part of a £35 million expansion at the EICC which focused on adding industry-leading technology and functionality, the expanded space features moving floor technology which can be easily configured to multiple set-ups – options include banqueting or arena mode for 1,400 people or a tiered auditorium for 2,000 people.  The redevelopment has improved the EICC’s ability to attract even more international conferences to Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh wins bid to host ICCA Congress 2020

May 13, 2016

Edinburgh wins bid to host ICCA Congress 2020
High profile team helps to secure prestigious international conference for Edinburgh

Edinburgh, 13 May 2016 – Edinburgh has won its bid to host the biennial International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress 2020 in what is estimated to be a £2 million boost to the local economy that will see over 1,200 delegates in attendance.

The team bid partnership comprising the Scottish Arbitration Centre, Convention Edinburgh, Conference Partners, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and VisitScotland, also gained national high profile support including the UK Prime Minister, Scotland’s First Minister and representatives of the national and international arbitration and legal communities.

The ICCA’s 2020 Congress, which is supported by VisitScotland’s Conference Bid Fund, is the world’s largest conference devoted to international arbitration. The ICCA is a worldwide non-governmental organisation devoted to promoting the use and improving the processes of arbitration and other forms of international commercial dispute resolution. Its activities include convening international arbitration congresses and conferences, sponsoring authoritative dispute resolution publications, and promoting the harmonisation of arbitration and conciliation rules, laws and practices.

In securing the bid win, Edinburgh bet off stiff competition from Copenhagen, Stockholm, Vienna, St Petersburg, Vancouver and Mexico City.

ICCA President, Donald Donovan, said: “We are delighted to be going to Edinburgh in 2020, and congratulate the bid committee on having prevailed in the face of stiff competition from a strong field of bidders. After recent ICCA Congresses held in Rio, Singapore and Miami, this year’s event in Mauritius, and a 2018 Congress scheduled for Sydney, ICCA looks forward to bringing the Congress to Europe in 2020. We’re confident that ICCA Edinburgh will provide a spectacular platform from which to pursue ICCA’s mission to address the toughest issues facing international commercial and investment arbitration.

Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Arbitration Centre welcomed the news that the ICCA’s 2020 Congress will be hosted in the Centre’s home town and said: “We look forward to showing the international arbitration community what Scotland has to offer and are confident that this conference will put Edinburgh firmly on the map as venue and a seat of international arbitration.

Lesley Williams, Head of Business Tourism at Convention Edinburgh said: “The successful bid to bring ICCA 2020 to Edinburgh is a testament to the solid collaboration between all parties involved with the project. Not only will this high profile conference bring around 1,200 delegates and generate almost £2 million for the local economy, it will play a crucial role in raising Edinburgh and Scotland’s global reputation in international arbitration.

Nicola McGrane, Managing Director at Conference Partners said: “We are delighted with that the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) has chosen Edinburgh to host their 2020 Congress. The partnership working with the bid partners throughout the bid process was crucial to the success of bringing ICCA 2020 to Edinburgh. We believe this team approach has been reflected in our success and highlights the warm welcome delegates will experience in Edinburgh in 2020.

Marshall Dallas, the EICC’s Chief Executive, said: “We are thrilled that Edinburgh and the EICC have been chosen to host this prestigious international conference in the face of significant global competition. It is a testament to the hard work from the team and our supporters – overall it is great news for the city and the economy. It seems fitting that the ICCA Congress is being held in a city and nation renowned worldwide for its proud and progressive legal tradition.

Rory Archibald, Business Development Manager at VisitScotland, said: “Winning the right to host the ICC World Congress is another coup for Edinburgh, and is testimony to the capital’s enormous appeal to conference organisers, as a city which boasts cutting-edge facilities as well as incredible history and heritage. Business events is an industry worth nearly £2 billion to the Scottish economy and we are delighted to be supporting this prestigious event through the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund.

For further information on Convention Edinburgh and its services at www.conventionedinburgh.com @conventions

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