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Business Tourism in the Capital is Soaring

May 3, 2017

Business Tourism in the Capital is Soaring
Convention Edinburgh unveils recent bid wins
 
Edinburgh, the UK’s leading International meetings destination outside of London, has announced a solid start to 2017 with five new bid wins equating to 3,400 delegates and serving over £7M to the local economy. In conjunction with its members, Convention Edinburgh – the organisation responsible for promoting Edinburgh as a premier conference, events and meeting destination – has released details of the large-scale events that will help the Capital city maintain its world class status.

Recent confirmed wins include the European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium (EGOS) taking place in July 2019 with 1,200 delegates expected and bringing a total of £4M in economic benefit to the city. In April 2018, the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) will host their 22nd annual conference in Edinburgh in April 2018 bringing £732K to the city with 600 delegates. On a similar scale, Eurocities will host its conference in November 2018 bringing 500 delegates and £977K to the economy.

Currently ranked 35 in the world’s city rankings by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and a member of BestCities Global Alliance, Edinburgh offers undisputed standards of excellence for hosting high profile conference and events.

Constantly evolving its facilities to further strengthen its offering, recent developments include the revamp of Edinburgh First’s McEwan Hall, part of the University of Edinburgh, which is undergoing a multi-million-pound renovation to transform the historic venue, due to re-open this summer. £25M is also being invested to revamp the 1935 bandstand in Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens to create a 3,000-seat concert and event venue space with a new pavilion, café and visitor centre that will be completed in December 2019.

Lesley Williams, Head of Business Tourism at Convention Edinburgh said:
“We’re off to a really strong start for 2017 and can only see this strengthening over the remainder of the year. Despite challenges and uncertainties brought about by Brexit, it’s great to see Edinburgh consistently attracting high-profile events and conferences.  The city is truly cementing itself as a global competitor.
“As a convention bureau, Convention Edinburgh recognises the support clients need in the planning of their event from location scouting and building relationships with key people and organisations to creating meaningful events through legacy and sustainability – and we’re there every step of the way. Edinburgh as a destination is a fantastic option for events of all sizes and we’re always working to develop and strengthen our offering.”

Professor John Amis, Conference host of EGOS (2019) and Chair in Strategic Management & Organisation at University of Edinburgh said:
“Edinburgh is a beautiful, historic and connected city that combines its heritage with vibrant, modern facilities and first class service. It presents the European Group for Organizational Studies with a unique opportunity to host a highly professional and memorable event in a stunning setting. The multidisciplinary social science traditions of EGOS are reflected in the dynamic and engaging intellectual climate at University of Edinburgh Business School, and in its relationship with the University’s other world class disciplines, including Informatics, Law, Sociology, Psychology and Public Health.”
Professor Stephen Osborne, Conference host of IRSPM (2018) and Chair of International Public Management at University of Edinburgh said:
“Finding good conference venues for the International Research Society for Public Management annual conference is always a challenging and competitive process, as many institutions bid to host the conference. However, Edinburgh’s combination of outstanding conference facilities, excellent international travel links and host of social and other activities to supplement the conference programme, make it a stand-out choice.”

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

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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