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Convention Edinburgh strengthens business tourism team for 2019

Convention Edinburgh - the business tourism arm for Marketing Edinburgh – has appointed two new sales colleagues to help promote Edinburgh as a destination for meeting planners.

Laura Henry (pictured left) joins Convention Edinburgh as international association sales manager, bringing eleven years of business development experience within the hospitality and tourism sector to the team.

She will generate and secure international association and corporate conference business for Edinburgh, and for Marketing Edinburgh’s members, while meeting ambitious annual targets.

Nam Gowans-Brown (pictured right) joins the team as national association sales executive. Reporting directly to Laura Henry, Nam will support the team in managing leads and preparing bids, while also showcasing the capital’s extensive business tourism offering through the organisation of familiarisation trips and industry events.

Both bring additional sales experience to their new roles from The Principal Hotel Company, where Laura was Specialist Group Sales Manager for Scotland and Nam progressed her career in a Sales Executive role.

The new appointments will support the team in a challenging climate, with Brexit having the potential to unsettle international meeting planners, who may previously have been more likely to consider Edinburgh and the UK as a whole. 

Amanda Ferguson, who was appointed as head of business tourism in June 2017, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Laura and Nam to Marketing Edinburgh, and while they return with valuable additional experience, the fact that they have come back to us is testament to the strength of our team as a whole.

“In 2017/18, £73M was contributed to the local economy as a result of meetings confirmed by Convention Edinburgh alone – and while the climate is challenging, we’re moving forward with confidence, supported by a skilled team that truly believes in Edinburgh’s continued appeal as a business tourism destination.”