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Conference organisers encouraged to ‘Make it Edinburgh’

Hotel investment from global brands is reinforcing Edinburgh’s appeal as a world-leading conference, incentive meeting and events destination.  

VisitScotland launches Legends Legacy Network

VisitScotland Business Events has launched its new marketing campaign, “Legends Legacy Network”

Scottish Event Campus records best ever financial year

The Scottish Event Campus has recorded its most successful financial year ever for 2018/19. Trading turnover at the venue increased by 21% to £35.1m, and EBITDA increased by 27% to £4.9m. The economic impact of the campus generated net additional expenditure of over £1.25m per day in the Glasgow area, a total of £457m for the year. Conferences enjoyed a record year with 55% growth in turnover driv...

Aberdeen’s new multi-million venue to be named P&J Live

The new event venue set to open this summer in Aberdeen, formerly known as The Event Complex Aberdeen, has announced its naming rights partner. The new venue will be titled P&J Live, in partnership with DC Thomson Media. DC Thomson Media owns The Press and Journal and Evening Express. The new 48,000sqm venue is being delivered by Aberdeen City Council in partnership with Henry Boot Development...

Edinburgh International Conference Centre releases annual results

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has reported record results for 2018, with operating profits at £1.4m (USD$1.85m) for the year to 31 December 2018. Revenue figures of £11.8m (USD$15.65m) were achieved during the financial year while economic impact reached £58.1m (USD$77.09m), with visitor numbers totalling over 300,000 to the venue over the 12-month period. Marshall Dallas (p...

Bed tax: funding stream or destination nightmare?

Phillip Cooke (pictured below left) investigates the contentious issue of bed tax, which has sprung up in many destinations around the globe. But is it a solution, or a further problem?   Many countries and cities are able to  devote large sums of money to promoting and developing their tourism industries via a system that taxes the visitor, not the host. These competing regions, most notably...

Scottish Event Campus appoints new board member

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has announced a new addition to its board, with the appointment of John Watson as a non-executive Director. Watson is an operating principal for Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), working with a number of the fund’s investments, and is CEO of Crosswind Developments Ltd. Prior to joining GIP, John was Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group’s $50bn SME Lending p...

Marketing Edinburgh’s chair reacts to council’s proposed budget cuts

Edinburgh city council has recently back-pedalled on some of its plans to cut budgets across the city, as it attempts to fill a £33m funding gap left by the Scottish Government. Many sectors are facing cuts in the proposed new budget, including schools, hospitality and tourism. Marketing Edinburgh, an organisation that promotes tourism to the city of Edinburgh, are among those hit hardest by the p...

Festivals Edinburgh announced as ECM event sponsor

Festivals Edinburgh has been unveiled as the headline sponsor of the European Cities Marketing (ECM) Spring Meeting, which is to be held in the Scottish capital in February 2019. Edinburgh was announced as the host of the Spring Meeting in June 2018, following Marketing Edinburgh’s efforts to bring the prestigious event to the Capital. The spring event will see around 175 senior destination leader...

Glasgow to host symposium on ALS/MND

Glasgow is getting ready to welcome over 1,300 of the world’s top researchers and clinicians working in the field of motor neurone disease to this year’s International Symposium on ALS/MND. The Symposium is organised by MND Association and this year is hosted by MND Scotland. It will take place from 7-9 December 2018, and hopes to put Scotland on the map as a world leader in Motor Neurone Disease ...

Scotland’s SEC submits planning application for £150-200m ‘global event campus’

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has applied for planning permission in principle (PPIP) for a major expansion of its facilities, with a vision to create a unique global event campus. The £150-£200m project focuses on developing the west end of the campus and includes a dedicated entrance, additional highly flexible meeting, exhibition and networking spaces, and panoramic views of the city and Rive...