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EICC on track to deliver £55m to Scottish capital's economy

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) says it is on track to deliver £55m to the Scottish capital’s economy through direct expenditure from its events.

EICC supports 1,800 jobs locally, and in 2019 has hosted 217 events, a new record.

One event highlight for the EICC in 2019 was TEDSummit, which was the result of an extended bid process against a number of global conference destinations.

EICC’s chief executive, Marshall Dallas, said: “The benefits of hosting TEDSummit this year go beyond tourism, positioning Edinburgh and Scotland on the world stage as a place to meet and to be inspired. Our vision, ‘to create an environment which inspires ideas that change the world’, is closely aligned to TED’s own vision of ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’, and it was these shared values, together with the collaborative spirit of our city partners which made a strong case for Edinburgh to host TEDSummit.”

Dallas is mindful the political uncertainty over the past few years has meant the venue has had be more “commercially astute”. He said: “While more than ever in 2019, in the face of widespread business and political uncertainties and increasing international competition, the EICC has had to be commercially astute, it’s also part of our raison d’être to support local businesses across the city. This is a really important factor to us because we would not be as successful a conference centre without the network of city partners who add significant value to our overall proposition.”

One of the EICC’s recently formed partnerships is with Edinburgh BioQuarter, which saw an announcement in October regarding a tie-up aimed at bringing more UK and global medicine and life sciences conferences to Edinburgh while helping to build Edinburgh BioQuarter’s pipeline of innovative companies and expertise.  

Pictured: The EICC team